Proscenium Arch

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Proscenium Arch


the architectural frame that forms a portal opening to the stage and separates it from the audience. In the modern theater the proscenium arch is usually rectangular. Temporary (and often movable) decorative proscenium arches are also used, both as a part of the stage set and as a means for reducing the size of the stage area.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

proscenium arch

An arch or any equivalent opening in the proscenium wall through which the stage is seen by the audience.
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