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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.
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1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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