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.
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 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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND FROM 5:30-7:00PM AT THE ANNEX
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!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 AT 7:00PM
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!
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!
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!
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
Gary and Kathy Cottingham
Kim and Eric Dennis
Denny and Karen Fishell
Billy and Terry King
David and Lue Landsberger
John and Marty Lane
Tom and Maribeth Lane
Margaret and Gary Nichols
Bill and Ruth Spann
VA Space Flight Academy
Bob and Tina Zoller
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