with advertisements for local businesses painted on it--providing additional revenue for the theatre
owner. Often a roll drop
, and also called an olio curtain, would be hung 6-10' US of the plaster line
or main curtain
line and comedians, jugglers, or other low maintenance acts could perform while scenery was being changed upstage.
A "modern" version:
See the wiki
for a picture of a "classic" one, as well as more explanation.