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

Free Matinees! A Special Holiday Gift from CIAO and Triton Entertainment

Ready for some Christmas fun? CIAO has arranged with Triton Entertainment to offer these favorite holiday films at the Island Theatre with free admission! Films start at 2 p.m. on the days indicated.

Saturday, December 15

 "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "The Grinch"
Sunday, December 16

 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 

and "A Charlie Brown Christmas Special"
Monday, December 17

"White Christmas"
Saturday, December 22 

 "A Year Without Santa Claus"
Sunday, December 23

"The Polar Express"

The Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Program


The Warm Hands, Warm Hearts tree is up at the Annex! Drop off your items here or at Hollyhocks from now until mid-December. Donations are distributed to local churches for those in need.

Your gifts of new and handmade hats, gloves, mittens and scarves will help keep needy kids warm throughout the season! (Canned goods are also appreciated.) They may be dropped off all season at Hollyhocks on Main or at The Annex (when open and during the Homes for the Holidays Tour)... Now in its fifth year, the Warm Hands Warm Hearts program was started by Bill Baals and Joe Ficchi and CIAO and the Homes for the Holidays Tour are very proud to support it!  All gifts are distributed locally.

Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the 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. We also have a growing group of people playing the popular card game, "Hand and Foot". If you'd like to learn how to play it, 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. We'd love to see you!

Find out more

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Virginia Creek at the Island Theatre

MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2018 7:30-11:30PM

EXPANDED DANCEFLOOR FOR THIS EVENT! Celebrate New Year's Eve 2019 with popular local band Virginia Creek at the Island Theatre! Opening with a solo set is lead vocalist Dalton Elliot, followed by local favorites the Saltmarsh Ramblers.

Enjoy a fun night of great music starting at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00) and ending at 11:30 - just in time to walk over to Robert Reed Park for the annual Horseshoe Drop at midnight!

Tickets are $25 and on sale now (check or cash) at Sundial Books at 4065 Main Street, Chincoteague or online by credit card at our Eventbrite link (with small surcharge). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-concert-with-virginia-creek-tickets-50806510641

 There will also be a cash bar available.

Find out more


CIAO's "Friday Nights at the Movies"

CIAO is pleased to announce that another great series of classic films will be offered each Friday night at 7:00pm at the Island Theatre starting on December 14th and ending on April 26th. Admission to see these terrific films 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

Film Schedule

 December 14  Elf

 December 21  A Christmas Carol

 December 28  The Shootist

 January 4  The Gods Must Be Crazy

 January 11  Pulp Fiction

 January 18  Coal Miner’s Daughter

 January 25  Rear Window

 February 1  The Way We Were

 February 8  Stripes

 February 15  No Way to Treat a Lady

 February 22  Almost Famous

 March 1  Over the Hedge

 March  8  Born Yesterday

 March 15  Cool Hand Luke

 March 22  A League of Their Own

 March 29  Apollo 13

 April 5  A Clockwork Orange

 April 12  Chariots of Fire

 April 19  Fly Away Home

 April 26  Saturday Night Fever



Ralph Breaks The Internet: thru Dec 12
BV, PG, (runtime not yet confirmed): showtimes 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm and late show at 9:30


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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Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

4076 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336

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