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

Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the Theatre Annex downtown




What's your game? Canasta? Bridge? Checkers? Chess? Scrabble? Yahtze? Rummicube? We have them -- or bring your favorite game to play. 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 comfortable surroundings right next to the Island Theatre downtown.

Holiday Theater from LSPAC in December at the Island Theatre: "A Christmas Pudding"



SAVE THE DATE! The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company presents a December production of "A Christmas Pudding"! Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm... This is going to be a great Christmas show that will be fun for all ages! Stay tuned right here for more information...

Chincoteague Community Cats: Shelter Building Event at the Annex



Come on out to the Annex and help build shelters for Chincoteague Island Community Cats to use during the colder months of the year. They are easy to make - we'll show you how. If you can't make it to the event, we could always use donations of large styrofoam containers, totes, straw and duct tape!

New Year's Eve at the Island Theatre with the Fil Rhythm Band and the Salt Marsh Ramblers


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 8:00-11:30PM

C'mon out to the Island Theatre for CIAO's New Years Eve 2020 concert performance! Get ready to dance -- this year features local favorites the Fil Rhythm Band and their crowd-pleasing brand of rock, blues and funky soul! With opening set by roots bluegrass aficionados, the Salt Marsh Ramblers... Starts at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30) and ends just in time to walk over to the Horseshoe Drop in Robert Reed Park across the street! Tickets are available at Sundial Books on Main Street and at the Annex next to the theater... Purchase online on our Facebook page also (click below)... Cash bar will be available. Don't miss this night of fun and fantastic local music!


Assateague Coastal Trust's Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Coming to the Island Theatre on Saturday, November 16th from 6:00-9:00pm - the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an event to benefit the Assateague Coastal Trust!   

The Assateague Coastal Trust is thrilled to invite you to be a sponsor of one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America - the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour! This year we will have 3 locations: Ocean City, MD, Lewes, DE, and Chincoteague Island, VA.  

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmental groups across the globe to host the film festival as a way to outreach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience. The goal is to use film to inspire activism. ACT hopes to use the festival to increase a better community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and our role as stewards to keep it healthy for the next generations.   

Sponsorship offers your business the opportunity to leverage your support into creative advertising that will reach a large and diverse audience.  Your message will reach a broad sector of our local community.    

We offer several levels of sponsorship; one is surely just right for you. Perks include advertising and complimentary tickets. Please note, if you are planning on contributing, and in order to receive all Print and Electronic Marketing benefits as outlined, a commitment and all essential information must be made by the following: 

Monetary Sponsor: September 15, 2019 

In Kind Sponsor: October 15, 2019  

View the event trailer here: http://www.actforbays.org/wsff-2019.html

Thank you for your support!

We encourage you to share your support with friends,  family, employees and customers. To learn more about the festival visit www.wildandscenicontour.org and to learn more about the Assateague Coastal Trust, visit www.actforbays.org


Refillable Popcorn Pails Now Available at the Island Theatre


Buy a Premium Popcorn Pail, large drink, and any candy. If you already have a pail, it's $8 to refill the popcorn, drink and candy! (Management reserves the right to discontinue promotion at any time.)

"Abomindable" starts Friday at the Island Theatre!


Now playing at the Island Theatre: showtimes will be posted at: islandtheatres.com

The Island Theatre's free showings of "Misty" have moved to Saturdays


Due to popular demand, the Island Theatre will continue FREE showings of Misty, Saturday mornings at 11:00am and will contine through November 16th.

Donate to CIAO

CIAO was created to save, utilize and maintain the vintage Island Theatre and Theatre Annex as cultural arts centers for Chincoteague, offering unique downtown venues for films, concerts, events and gatherings. 

Help us to continue to achieve these goals in the future by making a tax-deductible contribution to our organization. We thank you!

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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