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.
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 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.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2018 NOON-4:00PM
Come on out to the Theatre Annex and help build shelters for Chincoteague Island Community Cats to use during the colder months of the year. They are very easy to make - we'll show you how.
Can't make it to the event? We can definitely still use donations of totes, straw and duct tape! Thank you!
SEPT. 21-NOV. 16, 2018 10:00AM-NOON
Fall class to being held at the Annex for learning contract bridge. Open to beginners, former players who need a refresher and experienced players who want a better knowledge of the game. Instructor Jane Peake will conduct all sessions.
10:00am to noon, with a free introductory session for beginners and anyone who wants a refresher. This session covers the basics such as playing rules, vocabulary, trick-taking, and hand valuation counting.
The full course, comprised of 8 weekly sessions on Friday mornings from 10am to noon, starts on September 28 and runs through November 16. Tuition is $40 and includes printed materials. Returning participants who previously purchased materials will receive a $10 tuition discount. Registration and payment will be taken at the first class session on September 28.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2018 AT 2:30PM
The Eastern Shore Madrigals take on a new great performance this year. They present to you " Feeling Groovy: A 60's Revue". Please join them at the Island Theatre on Chincoteague Island on Sunday afternoon, November 11th at 2:30pm. This show is a collection of terrific music that will have you singing and dancing the ENTIRE performance. You don't want to miss it!
Tickets are available at the theater box office starting at 2:00pm before the show. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Hope to see you there!
Check out our free Monday Game Day
gatherings at the Annex from 1:00-4:00pm
MAY THROUGH OCTOBER
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. We also have a growing group of people playing the popular card game, "Hand and Foot". If you'd like to learn how to play it, we'll show you!
Want to just sit and socialize for a bit after Manna Cafe's delicious Monday lunches? Come on by and visit for a while in our cool and comfortable surroundings. We'd love to see you!
MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2018 7:30-11:30PM
Celebrate New Year's Eve 2019 with popular local band Virginia Creek at the Island Theatre! Their modern country sound is infused with elements of hard rock & blues and they met and began the group on Chincoteague Island, which inspired their anthem "Up the Bay"... Opening for Virginia Creek are Dalton Elliot, singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee and local favorites The Saltmarsh Ramblers.
Come out to the theater and enjoy a fun and memorable night of great music starting at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00) and ending at 11:30 - just in time to walk over to Robert Reed Park for the annual Horseshoe Drop at midnight!
Tickets are just $25 and on sale now for check or cash at Sundial Books at 4065 Main Street, Chincoteague. There will also be a cash bar available.
A Star Is Born: Oct 19 - Nov 1
WB, R, 2 hr 26 minutes: showtimes 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm and late show at 9:45
Bohemian Rhapsody: November 2 - 20
FX, PG-13, 2 hr 25 minutes: showtimes 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm and late show at 9:45
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Nov 21 - Dec 12
BV, PG, (runtime not yet confirmed): showtimes 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00pm and late show at 9:30