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

At the Island Theatre starting May 17th followed by Disney's Aladdin May 24



"Breakthrough", an inspiring story of faith, love and determination overcoming incredible odds. Based on a true story. Coming to the Island Theatre for seven days only, from May 17 to May 23.
Friday, May 17 - 3:45, 6:30, 9:30
Saturday, May 18 - 1:00, 3:45. 6:30; 9:30
Sunday: May 19 - 1:00, 3:45, 6:30
Monday, May 20 to Wednesday, May 22- 3:45, 6:30
Thursday, May 23 - 3:45

Adults: $10.00 

Children (12 years & younger): $8.00 

Seniors (62 years & older): $8.00 

For further information about this summer's movie season at the Island Theatre and showtimes, please click on the button below:


Gala Event to Benefit Local Artist, Volunteer and Friend Jenny Somers


SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 AT 5:00PM

A BENEFIT GALA   “Island Support for Jenny”

at the CCA Community Center for the Arts 

6309 Church Street, Chincoteague

Chincoteaguer Jenny Somers has been involved as a behind-the-scenes volunteer for many years! You may know Jenny as the owner of Bayside Arts (open for many years on Main Street), as a tour guide on the Refuge service road, or as a familiar face at local art shows. She has also been a popular instructor at many art classes as well. Unfortunately, Jenny has been diagnosed with cancer again. We don’t want her to have to fight this alone… Our goal is to generate enough funds to give Jenny a financial cushion to help alleviate the stress of mounting medical bills and transportation costs while seeking treatment. Enjoy live music, an extensive array of hors d’oeuvres catered by Don’s Seafood, and a fundraising auction by Zeb Barfield that will include original artwork by her many friends and colleagues, gift certificates, and more. Doors open at 5:00 pm, auction begins at 7:00pm… Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included (plus cash bar available). Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased at www.chincoteagueca.org 

or for check or cash at Sundial Books on Main Street.

CIAO and CCA Sponsored Chamber Music Concert with Trio St. Bernard at the Island Theatre


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 

Trio St. Bernard are the winners of the First Place Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. Featuring: Brandon Garbot, Violin; Saun “Sam” Hong, Piano; Zachary Mowitz, Cello Program: Rameau Pièce de Clavecin en Concert No. 4, Ravel Piano Trio, Dvorák Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65... 

Presented by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance and Chincoteague Island Arts Organization. A reception will follow the concert next door at the Theatre Annex. Tickets: $15 for Adults • Free for youths (18 and under) and for students with ID. Get them at Sundial Books, H&H Pharmacy, online at chincoteagueca.org or at the door.

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NEW! LSPAC Summer Theatre Academy at the Annex in August


"Broadway at the Beach" Lower Shore Performing Arts Company Summer Theater Academy for 2019... The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company and Chincoteague Island Arts Organization have teamed up to bring Broadway to the beach this summer, August 12-16, for kids aged 8-14!

The one-week theater academy will end with a performance comprised of skits, a selection of songs from South Pacific, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan and others. The academy instruction includes character development, voice, stage movement, play structure and improvisation. LSPAC directors and actors will instruct.

Held at the Island Theatre Annex
4076 Main St, Chincoteague, VA 23336
Session is 9:00am to 4:00pm Mon – Fri.
Drop off 8:30am. Pick up at 4:00pm.
Cost $125.00 a student.  Bring a bag lunch.
Registration and more information at www.lowershorepac.org

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!

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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, and decide for yourself whether justice is served.

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




Buy a Premium Popcorn Pail at the Island Theatre and get a large drink FREE! Just $15... Valid April 26-May 30, 2019. (Management reserves the right to discontinue this promotion at any time.)

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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

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