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.
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. Donate through the PayPal button below or simply mail to:
Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
P.O. Box 1217
Chincoteague, VA 23336
WE THANK YOU!
We are working hard in several ways to bring you new entertainment. The Island Theatre is being cleaned, and a new air filtration system has been installed anticipating the go-ahead to start first-run films once again. We will let you know when films and live performances will resume.
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
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.
Thank you for your continued support!
As you pass by the Island Theatre in the evening, you may have noticed that our portion of Main Street is a lot brighter now. Our marquee and showcases have been updated with a new lighting system. The theatre doors have been stripped of many coats of paint, and they now are back to the original natural wood finish. Enjoy the glow.
"The Marion Lake Story: Defeating the Mighty Phragmite" - a CIAO TV presentation... watch it again!
An uplifting example of how concerned citizens can make a big difference when they tackle something together. The aggressive phragmite reed is now found everywhere along the eastern seaboard, encroaching on our wetlands and upsetting the delicate ecological balance that is vital for the survival of wildlife and native plants.
The Marion Lake Story tells the compelling story of how a community on the east end of Long Island, N.Y. came together to clear their lake of the highly invasive phragmite reed. They educated themselves, raised money, hired wetlands biologist Steve Marino to plan the eradication, and eventually got out to “weed the communal garden.” Years later, a bio-diverse habitat for native birds, plants and rare turtles is returning; and the phragmite reed is in retreat. Human intervention here is not to shape nature to one’s aesthetic taste, but rather to restore nature so that it can take its own course.
Shot over 7 years, this was the first film to follow an eco-restoration project from inception to completion, taking the lake from an unsightly, unhealthy lake to a bio-diverse habitat for birds and wildlife on the Atlantic Flyway.