Definition of safety curtain in English:

safety curtain


  • A fireproof curtain that can be lowered between the stage and the main part of a theatre to prevent the spread of fire.

    • ‘The art-deco plasterwork is still intact, the original safety curtain is still there with the advertisements on.’
    • ‘As the Prologue ended and the safety curtain closed with an unarguable mechanical finality behind the ranked audience at the front of the stage, I felt a shiver of entrapment.’
    • ‘She is currently working on a commission for the Colosseum theatre in London, designing the safety curtain and doing marbling effects on the panels in the boxes.’
    • ‘Somewhere along the line there was a half-hearted Grease medley, but luckily, just as it was becoming interminable, the fire alarm went off and the mics cut out, leaving them stranded and speechless behind the safety curtain.’
    • ‘Tonight was the first ‘clean’ show, but I kinda miss things going wrong (a pyro had to be extinguished and the safety curtain came in last night).’
    • ‘As the safety curtain went up, one of the girls asked him if he was going to stay in for the 3rd act.’
    • ‘One feels she's always typing with the most magnificently large hat on, and her computer's firewall lowers like a theatre's safety curtain whenever she logs on.’
    • ‘Which does beg the question - if it's a stage, where is the safety curtain?’
    • ‘The safety curtain could not be lifted at the end of the interval and the mechanical fault made it impossible for the curtain to be winched up by hand.’
    • ‘Katie's husband David is the kind of columnist who holds forth on the stupidity of theatre safety curtains and the unbearable slowness of old people on public transport when he is not trying to write his great satirical novel.’
    window hanging, hanging, screen, blind
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