1. Kwai Chang says:

    I see a bizarre parallel to the Monolith scene in the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick might have done a cooler SFF or MMT for them. For example, the monolith was the exact same aspect ratio as that of the movie screen. Subtle, potent, superfluous…
    But, what the hell is that thing in the picture…a roll-up wall? If it’s a curtain, then what’s the graffiti written with? Regardless, this partition is certainly located way back on the stage…microphones are in front of it. Let’s hope that the microphones are way in front of it…because, “I ain’t standing underneath that thang!”

  2. Vin says:

    It’s probably a fire curtain.

  3. Jorge says:

    Looks like the curtain’s behind them so technically they are facing the wrong way….but why???

  4. HarvG says:

    Clearly the name of the pic is “Wonderwall” : )

  5. beatlejim55 says:

    Could this be Cleveland…Sept.15, 1964?

  6. alcaloid says:

    It’s “1964 09 16 – 3 Backstage New Orleans. USA. ”

    But these photo is cut, John is cut…i don’t understand !!!

    Unforunately, i can’t post the “good” photo here…;)

    Raph’ Alcaloid

  7. Really?, I always thought the Fabs walked out onto the stage in the US, I’ve never heard of a curtain riser before :-)

  8. alcaloid says:

    For Sure this photo with that curtain is very strange, i don’t remeber wher ei’ve found this pics, but there was this date & place. I don’t know anymore about.


    Raph (France)

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    I wish I could say ‘photoshop foul’
    but all shadowing, blends, vanishing point lines seem perfect.
    So IF it is real…what is it and how much does it weigh?
    The graffiti is impressive and must decipher into “WELCOME TO THE BIG SHOW” for all who have awaited its disappearance…
    but, it just seems massive. (They seem tiny)

  10. Vin says:

    As I said, it’s almost certainly a fire curtain or safety curtain.

    Let Wikipedia explain: A safety curtain (or fire curtain in America) is a fire safety precaution used in large proscenium theatres. It is usually a heavy fibreglass or iron curtain located immediately behind the proscenium arch. Asbestos-based materials were originally used to manufacture the curtain, before the dangers of asbestos were discovered. The safety curtain is sometimes referred to as an iron in British theatres, regardless of the actual construction material.

    Occupational safety and health regulations state that the safety curtain must be able to resist fire and thereby prevent (or at least hinder) fires starting on stage from spreading to the auditorium and the rest of the theatre, reducing injuries to audience members and members of staff.

    The curtain is extremely heavy and therefore requires its own dedicated operating mechanisms. In an emergency, the stage manager can usually pull a lever backstage which will cause the curtain to fall rapidly into position. Alternatively, heat-sensitive components can be built into the rigging to automatically close this curtain in case of fire. Finally, it may be released electronically by a building’s fire control system if any alarm box is operated. It can also be flown in and out, as regulations in some jurisdictions state that it must be shown to the audience, to prove its effective operation, for a certain amount of time during every performance. This usually occurs during the intermission.

    In smaller theatres, a safety curtain is not usually required. Specifically, most United States building codes only require a fire curtain in theatres with a stage height of more than 50 feet (15 m). [1] The heavy, flame-retardant house tabs can provide some degree of fire separation.

    In the UK, it is a requirement that a safety curtain must be fully down within the proscenium opening within 30 seconds of being released. The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was the first theatre to feature an iron safety curtain.[2] Several other serious fires, notably that at the Theatre Royal, Exeter in 1887, led to the introduction of safety curtains on a wider scale.

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