Tracking & Hardware

Theatre drape tracking and hardware is required to support and move theatre drapes and scenery for decorative purposes, and to conceal offstage areas, theatrical equipment and lighting from the audienceís view.

When selecting the optimum track for your needs, the size and weight of the drapes, the type of track and overall length of track required are important considerations.

The size and weight of your drapes will determine whether a medium duty or heavy duty track system is required. Wheels with ball-bearings will roll easier than standard wheels. A curved or serpentine track will require more effort than a straight track to open/close your drapes and therefore a motorised drape machine may be required.

The type of track selected will depend on the requirements of your space. There are three basic types of curtain tracks to consider. Bi-Parting Traverse Tracks part the drape in the centre of the track and stack the fabric at both ends. Additionally, to provide proper closure, the drape halves overlap each other in the centre. Single Draw Tracks draw the drape to only one end of the track for storage. They are usually used for leg drapes to permit scenery to be moved on and off stage or for acoustic control drapes in auditoriums. Walk-A-Long Tracks allow the drape to be pulled along the track by a person walking along the floor. It is often used to support room divider drapes, masking curtains or to move scenery drops on/off stage, where the height above the stage is not available to fly scenery out of sight.

Remember, most tracks require additional length for stacking the drape. For example, Bi-Parting Traverse Tracks require extra track to enable the centre overlap of the two drape halves, as well as sufficient stacking area at both ends of the drape opening. Consequently, the total track length required will be greater than the desired width of the drape opening.

Whatever your requirements, donít sacrifice quality. Ensure your venue is equipped with a robust and long lasting tracking system to avoid disappointment.

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