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curtain 26 Aug 2007 10:19 #29450

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I have a nice curtain in my main auditorium (never used)and it is on manual pully system....Can any one suggest some one to autimate the curtain so i can open it from the booth..............
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Re: curtain 26 Aug 2007 11:10 #29451

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I don't have a full curtain, but my side maskings are operated with a push-button garage door opener. It is not hooked into my automation, though. Sure beats running down to the front and pulling the cords.
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Re: curtain 26 Aug 2007 23:30 #29452

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Live theater stage rigging companies can motorize your curtain.

Also check out www.automaticdevices.com
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Re: curtain 02 Sep 2007 16:10 #29453

I would call Rosco Fabrics in NYC. They would know
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Re: curtain 02 Sep 2007 22:57 #29454

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A nice curtain certainly adds a lot to give a professional theatrical appearance to any theatre. You're lucky that you already have one as they are quite expensive. I know as I just put in a new one for $10,000. I could have gotten away with half that, but I'm so picky about the perfect fabric, design and fullness, as well as historical accuracy.

A curtain motor will cost several thousand dollars as well, and then there is the electrician to pay to have wiring and switches run up to the booth and hooked up for both manual and automatic operation.

I have never paid more then a hundred dollars for a curtain motor, as I have acquired all of mine used from old closed theatres before they were torn down. Maybe there is an old theatre near you that you could acquire a curtain motor from.

I have several, but I keep them as back ups as they are getting harder and harder to find. I do have one that I would part with. The one I use runs on 110 volts, but I have a heavy duty one that came out of a large movie palace that runs on 220. I would sell it for $100, but I don't want to be involved in packing or shipping. It would have to be picked up here in Pennsylvania.
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Re: curtain 06 Sep 2007 08:11 #29455

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ROXY what company did your drapes........
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Re: curtain 06 Sep 2007 16:10 #29456

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RoseBrand in New York City. You can check them out at www.RoseBrand.com
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Re: curtain 10 Sep 2007 00:16 #29457

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Roxy did Rose install the curtain also?
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Re: curtain 10 Sep 2007 00:32 #29458

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No,it was shipped to us and we installed it ourselves. They would have made the arrangements to have it installed, but there was no need as it is extremely easy to do when the curtain track is counterbalanced and on pulleys up in the flyloft, as ours is, whereby it can easily be lowered to about five feet off the stage floor and then pulled back up after removing the old curtain and reinstalling the new one.

If your track is deadhung (not on pulleys), then you will need to use scaffolding and or ladders to do the job.
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Re: curtain 02 Oct 2007 15:35 #29459

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my curtain is about 26 ft in length what size motor should i buy for it...Curtain fabric so they are heavy.....
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Re: curtain 02 Oct 2007 16:14 #29460

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Wish I had noticed this over the weekend. We helped with a local film festival, and the theatre I was at has a motor that would be about right for you.

I'll ask the owner to check for a name this weekend, when he's there.

Meanwhile, you might check with American Cinema, Claco or Hadden Theatre Supply. Any of them could probably recommend something... and maybe even have one in the back somewhere.
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Re: curtain 02 Oct 2007 19:07 #29461

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Contact Manny and ask him for Ted Yarborough's information. He does a lot of Manny's front ends. He also does drapes/seating.
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