4074 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 702-2170

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization


CIAO - The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

Our Organization


The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO) is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization,  incorporated in Virginia as a non-profit in December 2011. CIAO was created to save, utilize and maintain the vintage Island Theatre as a cultural arts center for Chincoteague, offering a unique downtown venue for events.

The Island Theatre


Now beautifully renovated, the Island Theatre (formerly the Island Roxy), offers first-run movies during the summer season and classic films in winter... as well  as concerts, plays and all kinds of other entertaiment. The theater aims to please the local community and visitors alike with a diverse selection of exciting events!

The Theatre Annex


The Annex is a new small performance space adjacent to the theater, perfect for educational programs, lectures, classes, and community or business meetings. It also hosts CIAO's fun weekly events like Game Day Mondays. Give us a call or check out our event schedule below for dates, times and descriptions.

CIAO's Upcoming Events

HAPPY HOUR at the Annex before the Friday Night Movie



Stop in for a pre-movie happy hour of real old school ballpark hot dogs and cold beer and soft drinks at the Annex this Friday! Afterward, CIAO's Friday night film, "A League of Their Own" starts at the Island Theatre at 7:00pm for just 5 bucks... Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna star in this major-league comedy from the team that brought you Big. Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943, while the male pros are at war, Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, on the fields and off, for generations of athletes! 

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Yoga for Gardeners with Linda Nordstrom at the Annex



Breathe, stretch, root and grow! As spring approaches, we all begin look ahead to flower planting, gardening and yard maintenance, but for many it also brings the anticipation of tired muscles, backaches and sore knees. However, there is a way to pull weeds without pulling muscles...
Linda Nordstrom will conduct a session on Yoga for Gardeners at the Theatre Annex on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00pm. Nordstrom, a certified yoga instructor and avid gardener, will lead a training session on yoga principles and postures applicable to gardening and yard chores that can help to prevent or minimize the aches and pains. She will demonstrate basic yoga principles and postures to show how they can apply to basic gardening tasks. This free session, sponsored by the Chincoteague Garden Club, is open to the public!

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NASA's Friday Night at the Movies Activities on March 29th

Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Ap

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019 FROM 5:00-9:00PM

Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Apollo-themed movie night! The event will begin at the Annex with Apollo and Moon-themed activities for children and adults followed by a showing of the film “Apollo 13” at the Theatre. From 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., explore Earth’s Moon and learn about NASA’s past Apollo missions and future plans to return to the Moon at the Annex through free activities that include a moon-phase Oreo activity, building moon-phase calculators, and watching footage from the Apollo landings. Participants can also learn how to participate in an Apollo and Moon-themed Youth Art Contest and summer space camp. The movie, sponsored by the Virginia Space Flight Academy and will include a reading of “In Case of a Disaster” by the The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and remarks about Apollo’s 50th Anniversary by a NASA representative!

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Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the Theatre Annex


Check out our free Monday Game Day 

gatherings at the Annex from 1:00-4:00pm

What's your game? Canasta? Bridge? Checkers? Chess? Scrabble? Yahtze? Rummicube? We have them -- or bring your favorite game to play. Play with old friends or make new ones. If you'd like to learn how to play, we'll show you! 

Want to just sit and socialize for a bit after the Manna Cafe's delicious Monday lunches? Come on by and visit for a while in our warm and comfortable surroundings right next to the Island Theatre downtown. We'd love to see you!

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CIAO's "Friday Nights at the Movies"

CIAO is offering another great series of classic films each Friday night at 7:00pm at the Island Theatre through April 26th. Admission to see these terrific movies is just $5.00!

CIAO thanks the following sponsors who make this series possible:

Assateague Coast Trust  

Bill and Judy Borges

Denise Bowden  

Gary and Kathy Cottingham

Kim and Eric Dennis

Denny and Karen Fishell

Stephen Joe  

Billy and Terry King

David and Lue Landsberger  

John and Marty Lane

Tom and Maribeth Lane  

Walter Lane

Margaret and Gary Nichols     

Bill and Ruth Spann

Sundial Books  

VA Space Flight Academy

Bob and Tina Zoller

Mary Terhune

Film Schedule:

 March 22  A League of Their Own

 March 29  Apollo 13

 April 5  Blazing Saddles

 April 12  Chariots of Fire

 April 19  Fly Away Home

 April 26  Saturday Night Fever

Contact Us

For inquiries about our upcoming events, send us a message. We'll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Proud member of the Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague

and the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

4074 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336

Call (757) 702-2170 Email ciao@ciarts.net