Join us for Game Day Mondays at the Annex each week from 1:00-4:00pm!

4074 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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(757) 702-2170


Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

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CIAO - The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

Our Organization

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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

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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

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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

NASA's Friday Night at the Movies Activities on March 29th

Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Ap

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019 FROM 5:00-9:00PM

Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Apollo-themed movie night! The event will begin at the Annex with Apollo and Moon-themed activities for children and adults followed by a showing of the film “Apollo 13” at the Theatre. From 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., explore Earth’s Moon and learn about NASA’s past Apollo missions and future plans to return to the Moon at the Annex through free activities that include a moon-phase Oreo activity, building moon-phase calculators, and watching footage from the Apollo landings. Participants can also learn how to participate in an Apollo and Moon-themed Youth Art Contest and summer space camp. The movie, sponsored by the Virginia Space Flight Academy and will include a reading of “In Case of a Disaster” by the The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and remarks about Apollo’s 50th Anniversary by a NASA representative!


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Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the Theatre Annex

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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 right next to the Island Theatre downtown. We'd love to see you!

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The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company presents Pippin at the Island Theatre

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27 7:00PM AND SUNDAY, APRIL 28 3:00PM

LSPAC's production of Pippin at the Island Theatre... Come out and see one of the most beloved and longest running Broadway shows of all time performed by the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company! Live music during the performance! Tickets are $18.00: for info and to purchase, please visit www.lowershorepac.org or buy at the door! (All shows are general admission; seniors, active military, and first responders are $15 per person and family/household is $45. Students are $10 with ID. Children under 10 are FREE.) This production will also be held on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00pm at Washington Academy & High School, Princess Anne, Maryland.

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CIAO 's FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES

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CIAO's "Friday Nights at the Movies"

CIAO is offering another great series of classic films 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:

 March 29  Apollo 13

 April 5  Blazing Saddles

 April 12  Chariots of Fire

 April 19  Fly Away Home

 April 26  Saturday Night Fever

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