4074 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 702-2170

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization



The CIAO Board of Directors has decided to continue to keep the Island Theatre and the Annex closed indefinitely. Activities that are cancelled until then include Game Day Mondays, Library Tech Hours, and both performances of the LSPAC play. Our classic film series, "Friday Night at the Movies", is cancelled during this period as well with the goal of rescheduling as soon as possible. While the Theatre and Annex are closed, we will be assessing our recovery plans as we learn more. 

Thank you for your continued support!

CIAO - The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization


Our Organization

The Island Theatre

The Island Theatre

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

The Island Theatre

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 Island Theatre

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.



  • A new movie quote will be posted on the Island Theatre marquee each Saturday and will remain there from Sunday to Friday. 

  •  The game will be repeated with different quotes every four weeks through September. 

  • Grab an entry form from the containers by the Theatre Annex door.

  • Name the movie that the quote came from for each of the weeks listed on the form.

  • Once the form is complete with all the titles and your contact information, pop it through the mail slot in the Annex door.

  • There will be a drawing from all the COMPLETED forms, and the winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate valid for a purchase at any business that is a member of the Main Street Merchants' Association.

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

Thanks for visiting our website... 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