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safety curtain

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.
Also called fire curtain.
Origin of safety curtain
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The safety curtain was lowered reassuringly before a bored audience that was not afraid of danger.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for safety curtain

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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