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Custom Made Curtains
Major Theatre can provide wall curtains and stage curtains to meet your theater’s specifications and needs. We have been providing custom-fabricated stage drapery for over 50 years. Our custom-made curtains are sewn in-house with only the highest quality products and fabrics. With Major Theatre, you are assured that you will receive quality curtains that will last.

Theater owners across the United States have relied on Major Theatre Equipment for high quality products and professional installation for decades. In the theater business, it is important to make sure everything is done right and on time. Our staff and installation crews are acutely aware of critical opening dates and schedules, and we work closely with architects and owners to meet your needs and schedule.

Curtain Fabrics
Curtain fabrics come in a number of different styles. The main things to consider when choosing a fabric are flame resistance, fabric weight, and fabric type.

Explanation of Fabric Differences

Flame Retardancy

  • Flame Retardant Treated: Treated fabrics gain their flame retardancy from a salt-based solution.

Benefits: Cost

Problems: Needs to be re-treated per local fire department regulations (typically every 2-3 years); if the fabric gets wet, white discoloration may show up where salt solution comes to the surface and dries; cotton fabrics are susceptible to dry rot over time.

  • Inherently Flame Retardant: Inherently flame retardant fabrics are usually polyester based, and self extinguish when the flame source is removed.

Benefits: Never has to be retreated; can be spot cleaned, usually more tear and rip resistant than cotton fabrics.

Problems: Cost; some fabrics have a slight sheen to them that is not conducive to blackout effects (although the sheen looks elegant and beautiful on main and wall curtains).

Fabric Type

  • Velour: Velour Curtains have a nap to them, giving them a fuller texture. Velour curtains are often used for main or act curtains.
  • Patterned: Patterned fabrics have a pattern sewn into them, such as fishbone.
  • Plain: Plain fabrics have no pattern or full texture. They are often used for upstage or blackout curtains.
  • Special: Special fabrics like scrim, which has translucent lighting characteristics (see below).

Fabric Weight
Fabrics are weighed by the linear yard. Therefore, if the fabric width is 54", the weight is a piece of fabric 54" x 1 yard long.

Common Fabrics
Below is a sampling of common fabrics. There are many other options which we would be happy to discuss with you. If width is not listed, there are a variety of widths available.


  • Princess: 16 oz. FR Cotton Velour, 54" wide
  • Pride: 18 oz. IFR Polyester, 54" wide
  • Marvel: 20 oz. FR Cotton Velour, 54" wide
  • Memorable: 25 oz. FR Cotton Velour, 54" wide
  • Prestige: 26 oz. IFR Polyester Velour, 54" wide
  • Charisma: 32 oz. IFR Polyester, 54" wide


  • Atlas Oxford: Herringbone textured FR Cotton, 54" wide.


  • Commando:12 or 16 oz. FR Cotton
  • Duvetyn: 6 or 8 oz. FR Cotton
  • Willow: 13 oz. IFR Polyester, 54" wide
  • Muslin: Muslin is standardly used for painted drops or Cyclorama curtains, and comes in white, light blue, and natural.


  • Scrim: Scrim can appear to be opaque or sheer depending on how it is lit. It is normally seamless (so that it is as sheer as possible), and comes in colors such as white, black, gray, and blue.
  • Leno: Leno is a filled scrim, which softens and diffuses the lighting that hits it.
  • PolyCyc: IFR fabric often used for ChromaKey effects.

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