The Kings Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth

The curtain opens on a world first at the Kings

Opening the curtains in a show requires some frantic rope pulling, but soon they will open at the push so a button.


Entertainment Engineering Expert Triple E is launching a brand new motorised track system in the beautiful surroundings of the King’s Theatre.


Triple E’s Managing Director David Edelstein, who formed the company in 1984 to supply the entertainment industry with mechanical products to aid the assembly and construction of stage scenery, will officially unveil SDRIVE, a track mounted motor for ERAIL, on Monday 24 September.


And in a generous offer, Triple E is donating the SDRIVE motor with an ERAIL track to the venue as part of the theatre’s ongoing refurbishments and upgrades.


“SDRIVE is the result of demand from the industry and our distributors for a budget motor aimed at smaller venues,” says Edelstein. “It’s easy to specify and easy to install, and is designed to motorise both straight and curved systems and will be available off the shelf for immediate delivery.”


Triple E track systems and custom designed equipment for use in the entertainment industry have a reputation for simple design, rugged construction and ease of installation.


ERAIL is a compact profile extruded aluminium track, with a comprehensive range of component parts that enables it to be used for all but the heaviest professional main stage curtains.


Operation of ERAIL is almost silent by the use of ball raced nylon wheels, making it an ideal choice for small stages, conference halls, hotels, and school halls.


“We have a good working relationship with The King’s Theatre, initially meeting the team there through the annual First Night Riders charity motorcycle tour, which Triple E organises, raising money for The Theatrical Guild,” says Edelstein. “The venue seemed like the perfect place to launch and demo SDRIVE – and we’re proud to be donating the system to this great theatre, resulting in The King’s Theatre being the first performance space to use the new system.”


As part of the Centenary Project, the Kings Theatre underwent a £500,000 refurbishment of the auditorium beginning on 17 June 2007. Since the restoration programme commenced, over £2 million has been spent on refurbishment using both professional and volunteer workers.


Invitations to the 24 September launch event will be sent out during August directly from Triple E, and The Fifth Estate Ltd will arrange for press and PR attendance. To register interest, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it