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 warm and comfortable surroundings right next to the Island Theatre downtown. We'd love to see you!

Find out more

Monday Nights at Main and Mumford thru August 26 at the Annex


CIAO's diverse, summer-long series of entertaining and informative Monday evening programs sponsored by your regional newspaper, the Eastern Shore Post... at the Island Theatre Annex right next to the theater, on the corner of Main and Mumford Streets of course! 

July 22 - Local favorites Owen Hooks and Tom Nolan perform old and new songs, share pony lore, and engage in humorous banter.
August 5 - Break out the tie dyes and your peace sign jewelry for "Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace & Music", a program marking the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a lecture by Amalie Rothschild, who was there. Buy signed copies of her new book and enjoy an exhibit of her Woodstock photos.
August 12 - Troubador Greg Shupe performs with an eclectic repertoire of folk, blues, country, and traditional music.
August 26 - Bill Troxler presents a talk on the origins of Celtic music and play Celtic classics on a variety of instruments.

Special Summer Programs for Children at the Annex and at the Chincoteague Library


The Chincoteague Island Library and CIAO have teamed up to sponsor some special summer programs for children!


Thursday, July 25 at 1:00pm

Chincoteague Pony Visit 

(pony stories and crafts) at the Library

Monday, July 29th at 7:00pm

"Amazing Magic" with Rob Westcott, 

Magician at the Annex

All programs are free and open to the public and children of all ages. These programs are sponsored by the Chincoteague Library and the Chincoteague Island Arts Association. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Give the Library a call for more information


LSPAC Summer Theatre Academy for Kids at the Annex in August


CIAO, in partnership with the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company, is offering a special summer day-camp experience for kids, aged 8 to 15. “Broadway…at the Beach”, a week-long Theater Academy will be held in the Island Theatre Annex, with instructional sessions from Monday, August 12th to Friday, August 16th. 

Guided by the company’s directors and actors, students will be taught character development, voice, stage movement, play structure and improvisation as they learn skits and songs from South Pacific, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan, and other shows. On Saturday afternoon, August 17th, “Broadway… at the Beach” concludes with performances for families and friends. 

Tuition is $125 per participant. Instruction will be held from 9:00 am–4:00pm each day. Drop-off is 8:30am with pick-up at 4:00pm. Each participant should bring a bag lunch each day; drinks and snacks will be provided. The Island Theatre Annex is located at 4076 Main Street Chincoteague. Enroll your child online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4250182

Broadway at the Beach Wrap Up Performance at the Annex



Talented area children who attend the LSPAC summer theatre academy will present their wrap up performance "Broadway at the Beach" on Saturday, August 17th at 4:00 and 6:00pm at the Theatre Annex. Music, skits, lots of fun! Free admission, donations accepted. For more info, visit lowershorepac.org.

Shakespeare in the Park - MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Robert Reed downtown in September



Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park 

(Christ United Methodist Church Hall in case of rain)
Co-sponsored by CIAO and CCA and performed by the Brown Box Theatre Project.

Free outdoor Shakespeare returns with the political tragicomedy Measure for Measure. What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. A duke in disguise leaves the fate of his people in the hands of a ruthless judge. A loyal sister is faced with an important decision: save the life of her brother, or uphold her honor? Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor.

Thanks to our 2018 business sponsors: Chincoteague Resort Vacations • Poseidon’s Pantry • The Art Garage • H&H Pharmacy • Harbour Rentals • Refuge Inn • Sundial Books • Taylor Bank

Monday NIGHTS at Main & Mumford - at the Annex


A diverse, summer-long series of entertaining and informative Monday evening programs at the Theatre Annex sponsored by your regional newspaper, the Eastern Shore Post and the Chincoteague Arts Organization!

Find out more


Local musicians Owen Hooks and Thom Nolan are performing at the Annex on Monday, July 22 at 7:00pm... Usually heard as part of the Celtic trio "3 Sheets", Hooks and Nolan will offer a very different program for this performance - an evening of old and new contemporary ballads that'll come with a large dose of humor and banter. 

Volcalist Nolan is a transplant from the west coast where he sang and toured with Claddagh, a prominennt Irish music group. He is also active in local theater productions. Guitarist and vocalist Hooks will draw on his years of personal experience with Chincoteague ponies as he tells stories about the ponies he's owned and the roundups and auctions he's experienced. Hooks and his wife, Kathryn, are the creators and publishers of the book "The Wild Pony Auction at Chincoteague".

Admission is $5.00 and there will be a cash wine/beer bar available. Doors open at 6:30pm. Made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Eastern Shore Post!


Refillable Popcorn Pails Now Available at the Island Theatre


Buy a Premium Popcorn Pail, large drink, and any candy for $15 from June 28 to July 25.  If you already have a pail, it's $10 to refill the popcorn, drink and candy! (Management reserves the right to discontinue promotion at any time.)

Disney's The Lion King Now Playing at the Island Theatre


Be the first to see Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King, starting 7:00pm on Thursday, July 18th. Visit islandtheatres.com for more information and other showtimes!

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