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 entertainment. 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.
THURSDAY AT THE ISLAND THEATRE
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (PG) July 7th, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Admission: $5, kids 12 and under free with adult.
FRIDAY AT THE ISLAND THEATRE
"American Underdog" (PG) Friday, July 8, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Admission: $5
MAIN STAGE MONDAY AT THE ISLAND THEATRE! JULY 11 AT 7PM
"New Squid on the Block" celebrates thinking, problem-solving, friendship, and fun! Featuring penguins, a submarine, MORE PENGUINS, and a curious squid, this show takes the audience on an epic journey to Antarctica. On the way, we encounter unusual creatures in the depths of the ocean. Performed with tabletop rod-puppets, this comedic, non-verbal performance provides smiles and laughter in abundance. Barefoot Puppet Theater tours award-winning programs to theaters, schools, libraries, children's museums and more! Admission is $5 at the door with kids 12 and under FREE with accompanying adult.
Presenting our "First Sunday" series of free screenings of films released in 1947, to help celebrate the Island Theatre's 75th Anniversary. So come on by each first Sunday of the month. Showtimes are 3pm, doors open at 2:30, admission is free!
Game Days are in the Theatre Annex on Mondays from 1 to 4 pm. Bring your own personal drink or snack. Participants will be required to sign in. Come prepared to relax and join your friends for card and table games!
Help us to continue to achieve our goals in the future by making a tax-deductible contribution to our organization. Donate through the PayPal button below or simply mail to:
Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
P.O. Box 1217
Chincoteague, VA 23336
WE THANK YOU!
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Are you a theater lover? A cinema buff? A film aficionado? Does the smell of hot popcorn or the taste of Milk Duds evoke fond memories? Then join our great team of dedicated volunteers at the Island Theatre and the Annex! We can use your help in the theater at the front of the house, backstage behind the curtain, or in the Annex with all sorts of activities. Call us at (757)702-2170, leave your contact info and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
We have been working to make the Theatre and the Annex as safe as possible. Plasma filter air handling systems have been installed in both the Theatre and the Annex. Both locations will be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. We are planning for assigned seating and social distancing between individuals or parties of two or more, which will reduce our seating capacity. Masks will be required to be worn whenever you are not seated. There are other changes you may notice as well. The lobby and concession area have been repainted with colors that echo the original color scheme from 1947. Marquee lighting is improved, and the lobby and concession lights will be brighter. New exit lights are being installed. The entrance doors have been restored to their original appearance.
Thank you for your continued support!