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

Show Boat by the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company



Show Boat is a musical in two acts, based on Edna Ferber's best-selling novel of the same name. The musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927. The musical contributed such classic songs as "Ol' Man River", "Make Believe", and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man". Come see the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company take on this wonderful classic at the Island Theater on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and include 2 drink tickets plus light hor d'oeuvres. For ticket purchases and information, please visit www.lowershorepac.org. Tickets also available for cash or check at Sundial Books, Main Street Chincoteague.

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Pop Up Prom Dress Exchange at the Theatre Annex



Do you have a prom dress in great condition that you’d like to sell? Bring it to the Annex between 8:00am and 10:00am on the days listed. Tell our volunteers its size and your best price, and we’ll do our best to sell it! Are you looking for that perfect prom dress at a reasonable price? Come to the Annex between 11:00am and 2:00pm and check out what’s available. 10% of the purchase price will be split and donated to the Annex and to the high school prom after-party fund you choose. All sales are final. Cash, checks and major charges accepted. Unsold dresses must be picked up by 4:00pm the same day.

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3 Sheets Saint Patrick's Concert at the Island Theatre


SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 AT 7:00PM

Join us for a Saint Patrick's concert featuring 3 Sheets with a program of Irish favorites and Celtic music - plus a few surprises and a lot of fun! Saturday, March 16th at 7:00pm at the Island Theatre...

3 Sheets is a trio of seasoned performers that presents Celtic, nautical and original music.  Sought after for its energy, quality of musical performances, humor, originality and the ability to place music within an historical context, 3 Sheets is a busy regional ensemble located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

$15 admission, advance tickets are available now at Sundial Books (cash or check). Cash bar will be available. Learn more about 3 Sheets at https://3sheets.band. And don't forget to wear your green!

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Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the Theatre 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. 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. We'd love to see you!

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Contract Bridge Classes at the Theatre Annex




The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization is pleased to announce a class aay the Theatre Annex for those interested in learning and playing contract bridge. This class is open to beginners, former players who need a refresher and experienced players who want a better knowledge of the game. Bridge classes started on January 18th and run every Friday until March 8th. Each class is held from 10am to noon. Registration is $40, payable at the first class, and includes printed materials. (Returning participants who already have materials will receive a discount.)



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 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:

 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  Blazing Saddles

 April 12  Chariots of Fire

 April 19  Fly Away Home

 April 26  Saturday Night Fever

CIAO requests that those attendees who are able to do so bring donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items to "Friday Night at the Movies" at the Island Theatre. Donations will be sent to the local food bank to bolster supplies helping individuals and families affected by the federal government shutdown. Thank you!

CIAO is also offering free admission to "Friday Night at the Movies" at the Island Theatre for members of the Coast Guard and furloughed federal employees and contractors until the government shutdown ends. They may bring an accompanying guest or immediate family members for free as well.

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

4074 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336

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