These stage drapes are the front curtains the audience sees when they first enter the theatre. The Grand Drape starts and ends the show. It blocks the stage from sight, creates a point of interest in the room, and evokes anticipation of the performance to come. Its design, color, and movement will, quite literally, set the stage for all of your events.
Tracks for draw curtains can also be fitted with “backpack guides”. Backpack guides only engage when the curtain is pulled in the open direction. They cause the curtain panels to move as a fixed unit so the curtain collects at the off stage side rather than at the master carrier.
If you find this hard to picture, find drapes or a shower curtain you can reach. Place your finger at one end and push the curtain open. As you push, the curtain collects at your finger making a bigger and bigger pile until the entire curtain is collected (and fully open). Do it again, but this time pull the first carrier tight to the wall, then grab the next carrier and pull it to the wall, then the next, and so forth one carrier at a time. This is what backpack guides do. Notice that when the curtain is half way open your stack back is beside the wall (off stage, out of sight) not in a big pile at the leading edge.
Backpack guides are inexpensive and make the opening movement look much nicer and more professional. So why doesn’t everyone use them? The answer is that they can sometimes be frustrating in a facility where the operators are not trained. In order for them to work properly and not jamb, the rope must be clean and in good shape without significant wear or flaws. Spike tape placed on the rope (which is common) will foul the backpack guides instantly and can be difficult to get unstuck.
If you need help deciding whether backpack guides are a good choice for your draw curtain, give us a call or talk to your local BellaTEX dealer when they come to measure.
Many Guillotines are a combination of Guillotine & Traditional Draw. This is achieved by simply rigging a Traditional Draw curtain and Track to a moveable batten. The floor pulley for draw operation is attached to a sandbag that can be flown rather than bolting it to the floor as usual.
Guillotine curtains can be manually operated with a fly system or motorized. Cost can vary widely by circumstance. If a fly system exists, it is nothing more than a Traditional Draw hung from a line set; if no fly system exists one must be installed, which can add significantly to the cost.