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. 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 comfortable surroundings right next to the Island Theatre downtown.

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Words and Music at the Annex presented by Sundial Books


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019  7:00PM

A terrific evening of words and music at the Annex with Rod Picott, Shari Smith, and Radney Foster! Admission is FREE but seating is limited... Doors open at 6:30. Brought to you by Sundial Books on Main Street!

"The Magic of the Tump" with Author Dan Thomas at the Annex



"The Magic of the Tump"... a presentation by Daniel P.T. Thomas at the Annex on Saturday, September 21st, 2:00pm - author and artist from the Tryfan Gallery doing readings and sharing stories from his recently published book, "A Year on the Tump"... With special guests Denise Bowden, Barbara Walker and Roe Terry!

"A Year on the Tump" unveils the seasons of life on Chincoteague Island. Stop by and meet Dan; it's a free event! (With beer/wine cash bar available as well.) Sponsored by CIAO... Call 757-702-2170 for more

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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.)

"It: Chapter Two" now playing at the Island Theatre!


Now playing:  IT CHAPTER TWO

 4:30 and 8:00pm... additional matinee showing at 1:00 on Saturday & Sunday ONLY.
Monday through Thursday, shows will be at  4:00 & 7:30...  more showtimes and tickets available 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