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 entertainment. 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.
CIAO, CCA and the Virginia Commission for the Arts are pleased to welcome bluegrass band Cane Mill Road to Robert Reed Waterfront Park FREE on Thursday, August 5th at 7pm
...an evening of great bluegrass music with a local connection, featuring Chincoteague's own Colton Kerchner on banjo! The band was named "Momentum Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association (2019). Cane Mill Road's latest release "Roots" debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts! BRING A CHAIR AND ENJOY! In the event of rain, we'll move back to the Theatre, please bring your mask.
CIAO is excited to bring back Classic Movie Nights plus Family Nights at the Island Theatre - throughout the summer!
Come out for Wednesday nights full of nostalgic fun with classic films you love or may not have seen and Thursday nights with movies for the whole family to enjoy together in the cool, clean comfort of the fully refurbished Island Theater... just $5 per person (with kids 9 and under FREE on Family Nights.)
Game Days are back in the Theatre Annex on Mondays from 1 to 4 pm. There are some important changes. Masks will be required. Bring your own personal drink or snack. Game tables will be set at least ten feet apart. Participants will be required to sign in. Come prepared to relax and join your friends for card and table games.
Help us to continue to achieve our goals in the future by making a tax-deductible contribution to our organization. Donate through the PayPal button below or simply mail to:
Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
P.O. Box 1217
Chincoteague, VA 23336
WE THANK YOU!
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Are you a theater lover? A cinema buff? A film aficionado? Does the smell of hot popcorn or the taste of Milk Duds evoke fond memories? Then join our great team of dedicated volunteers at the Island Theatre and the Annex! We can use your help, now and when we're up and running again... in the theater at the front of the house, backstage behind the curtain, or in the Annex with all sorts of activities. Call us at (757)702-2170, leave your contact info and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
We have been working to make the Theatre and the Annex as safe as possible. Plasma filter air handling systems have been installed in both the Theatre and the Annex. Both locations will be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. We are planning for assigned seating and social distancing between individuals or parties of two or more, which will reduce our seating capacity. Masks will be required to be worn whenever you are not seated. There are other changes you may notice as well. The lobby and concession area have been repainted with colors that echo the original color scheme from 1947. Marquee lighting is improved, and the lobby and concession lights will be brighter. New exit lights are being installed. The entrance doors have been restored to their original appearance.
Thank you for your continued support!