Sunderland Empire

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J&C Joel manufactured a bespoke Front of House curtain and pelmet to mark the centenary of one of the grandest theatres in the north of England, the Sunderland Empire.

Manufactured from luxurious custom dyed true red Heavy Velvet Velour (VEL117) and adorned with gold tassels and appliqué work, the front of house tabs are befitting of their grand surroundings.

The pair of fully lined curtains measure 7 metres wide with a 9.5 metre drop. The accompanying pelmet is 13 metres wide with a 4 metre drop. The pelmet holds an appliqué which reads ‘1907’ in gold lettering which marks the year the theatre’s doors first opened. This is surrounded by gold appliqué which mirrors the ornate plasterwork around the theatre’s proscenium arch.

J&C Joel’s brief was to create a set of theatre curtains in keeping with the theatre’s Edwardian style. This was achieved not only with the decoration on the Empire’s pelmet but also through gold appliqué work on the base of the curtains and gold tassels running along their bottom edge.

Our expert manufacturing department can produce front of house curtains to any specification from a wide range of high quality fabrics. J&C Joel also specialises in curtain decoration and appliqué, perfect for front of house curtains as unique as the venue they are made for.