- a sheet of asbestos or other fireproof material that can be lowered just inside the proscenium arch in case of fire, sealing off the backstage area from the auditorium.
Origin of safety curtain
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called fire curtain.
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Examples from the Web for safety curtain
"Your love is the safety-curtain, Billikins darling," she whispered, softly.
I've always felt—ever since I jumped into your arms that night—that you—that you were on the right side of the safety-curtain.
Or anyhow—if He's there at all—He doesn't bother about the people who were born on the wrong side of the safety-curtain.
Together they faced the fearful heat that raged behind the safety-curtain.
- a curtain made of fireproof material that can be lowered to separate the auditorium and stage in a theatre to prevent the spread of a fire
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