The derivation is from the end of a play, the darkening of a room, or, improbably, the screening of an execution. Also some figurative use:
    To have given Nixon knowledge of even the smallest part of that particular Haig connection would have meant curtains for Haig as Nixon's Chief of Staff. (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991)

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