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Custom Drapery Fabrication


Norcostco has been manufacturing theatrical softgoods for over 50 years.  At our facility in Minnesota, we sew theatrical drapes and drops  exclusively.  With experience and dedication like that along with the trademark Norcostco attention to quality anddetail, you can be assured of the excellence of the product you will receive. 

Getting a quote for replacement draperies is easier than you think!  Just click on the “Drapery Quotation Guide” under “More Information” in the sidebar.  Fill it out and send it to your local Norcostco.

Common Drapery Types


Main Curtain – Located just upstage of the proscenium opening, the main curtain is used to close the stage off from the audience's view until it is supposed to be seen.  Main curtains are generally made from a thicker, richer fabric in a color that complements the décor of the theatre.  Also referred to as house curtain, act curtain, or grande drape.


Main Valance – Hangs in front of the main curtain to mask the top of the curtain and rigging. It is made of the same material and color as the main curtain. The main valance can either be fixed to the proscenium or tied to a pipe allowing for the adjustment of the height of the proscenium opening and sight lines. Also referred to as the main border, or grande teaser.


Borders – The short curtains that are used to hide the rigging system, curtain tracks and lighting instruments from audience view. Borders are typically black and can be sewn with or without pleats to add fullness.  Also referred to as teasers or valances.


Legs – Side curtains used to hide the off-stage wing space on either side of the stage from audience view. These are installed parallel to the proscenium opening but can be furnished with pivoting devices to allow for the legs to be turned at an angle. Legs are typically black and can be sewn with or without pleats to add fullness. Also referred to as tormentors.


Traveler – Typically made up of two curtains that part in the middle, travelers can also help mask the upstage areas, shorten the stage, or provide a backdrop for presentations.  Travelers are generally similar in color and fabric to the legs. Travelers are mounted to a rope operated curtain track system. On larger stages there are often travelers at mid-stage as well as upstage near the cyclorama.


Cyclorama – A sewn drop typically located at the rear of the stage, the cyclorama is used to form the background of the scene.  The cyclorama can be lit with colored lights or projections to change the mood or atmosphere. Most often cycloramas are made from seamed muslin, but can be special ordered to be seamless.  The muslin is available in natural, white or sky blue colors. 


Scrim – Made from a fabric with a rectangular open weave, which allows for a unique effect. When lit from the front it appears opaque.  When the front light is turned off and objects are lit behind the scrim, the fabric appears translucent. Proper lighting is required to achieve this special effect.  Scrim material is available in black, white, or sky blue colors. See sewn scrims.


Drop – A generic term for a piece of fabric suspended from a pipe batten and weighted with a pipe or chain in the bottom.  Types of drops include: cycloramas, scrims, and painted backdrops.  See sewn drops.