Tickets for PIPPEN April 27-28 available at Sundial Books and Wine, Coffee & Gourmet

4074 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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(757) 702-2170


Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

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CIAO - The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

Our Organization

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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

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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

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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

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CHECK OUT OUR FREE GAME DAY MONDAY

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!

Find out more

The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company presents Pippin at the Island Theatre

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SAT. APRIL 27 7:00PM & SUN. APRIL 28 3:00PM

PIPPIN! Saturday, April 27 at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm at the Island Theatre... Come out and see one of the most beloved and longest running Broadway shows of all time performed by the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company! Live music during the performance! Tickets are $18.00: for info and to purchase, please visit www.lowershorepac.org or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4208173 … you may also purchase at Sundial Books or Wine, Cheese & More on Main Street OR buy at the door! (All shows are general admission; seniors, active military, and first responders are $15 per person and family/household is $45. Students are $10 with ID. Children under 10 are FREE.) 

Also being held on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00pm at Washington Academy & High School, Princess Anne, MD

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Gala Event to Benefit Local Artist, Volunteer and Friend Jenny Somers

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 AT 5:00PM

A BENEFIT GALA   “Island Support for Jenny”

at the CCA Community Center for the Arts 

6309 Church Street, Chincoteague

Chincoteaguer Jenny Somers has been involved as a behind-the-scenes volunteer for many years! You may know Jenny as the owner of Bayside Arts (open for many years on Main Street), as a tour guide on the Refuge service road, or as a familiar face at local art shows. She has also been a popular instructor at many art classes as well. Unfortunately, Jenny has been diagnosed with cancer again. We don’t want her to have to fight this alone… Our goal is to generate enough funds to give Jenny a financial cushion to help alleviate the stress of mounting medical bills and transportation costs while seeking treatment. Enjoy live music, an extensive array of hors d’oeuvres catered by Don’s Seafood, and a fundraising auction by Zeb Barfield that will include original artwork by her many friends and colleagues, gift certificates, and more. Doors open at 5:00 pm, auction begins at 7:00pm… Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included (plus cash bar available). Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased at www.chincoteagueca.org 

or for check or cash at Sundial Books on Main Street.

CIAO and CCA Sponsored Chamber Music Concert with Trio St. Bernard at the Island Theatre

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 AT 3:30PM

Trio St. Bernard are the winners of the First Place Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. Featuring: Brandon Garbot, Violin; Saun “Sam” Hong, Piano; Zachary Mowitz, Cello Program: Rameau Pièce de Clavecin en Concert No. 4, Ravel Piano Trio, Dvorák Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65


Presented by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance and Chincoteague Island Arts Organization. A reception will follow the concert next door at the Theatre Annex. Tickets: $15 for Adults • Free for youths (18 and under) and for students with ID.

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Shakespeare in the Park - MEASURE FOR MEASURE in September

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 AT 7:30PM

Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park 

(Christ United Methodist Church Hall in case of rain)
Co-sponsored by CIAO and CCA and performed by the Brown Box Theatre Project.

Free outdoor Shakespeare returns with the political tragicomedy Measure for Measure. What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. A duke in disguise leaves the fate of his people in the hands of a ruthless judge. A loyal sister is faced with an important decision: save the life of her brother, or uphold her honor? Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served.

Thanks to our 2018 business sponsors: Chincoteague Resort Vacations • Poseidon’s Pantry • The Art Garage • H&H Pharmacy • Harbour Rentals • Refuge Inn • Sundial Books • Taylor Bank

CIAO 's FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES

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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:

 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