Church curtain styles

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Church curtain styles
Church curtains are more than a pretty accessory. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Church curtains are used in productions to section the stage, hide the participants and enhance the look of the production. They can also divide large spaces into smaller spaces for things like Sunday School or small dinners. Church curtains can be basic curtains or they can be elaborate, resembling theatre stage curtains.

Proscenium Curtains

Proscenium curtains contain the main act curtain and the main valance. The main valance spans the top of the stage area of the church while the main-act curtain is the curtain that separates the stage area of the church from the people sitting in the congregation. Main-act curtains can be raised or drawn open from either side.

Masking Curtains

Masking curtains, which hang behind or upstage of the proscenium curtains, are used to deaden sound and hide lights and equipment. Types of masking curtains include borders, which hang slightly below the proscenium valance; and legs, which are side panels drawn open or closed to customise the size of the stage as needed.


Cycloramas are backdrop curtains often made of muslin, scrim or leno, which is a filled scrim. Cylcoramas are used primarily for lighting effects or projection. Select curtains with or without seams. Choose paintable curtains for customised backdrops.

Divider Curtains

Church divider curtains separate spaces. Divider curtains that hang from a galvanised steel track draw open or closed by hand. The curtains are available in a variety of materials and lengths, even hundreds of feet long when fully extended.

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