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




What's your game? Canasta? Bridge? Checkers? Chess? Scrabble? Yahtze? Rummicube? We have them -- or bring your favorite game to play. 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 comfortable surroundings right next to the Island Theatre downtown.

The Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Tree at the Annex


Now in its 6th year, started by Bill Baals and Joe Ficchi, the Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Tree is up and ready to be adorned with scarves, hats, mittens and gloves at the Annex. Gifts may be dropped off through the season at Hollyhocks on Main from 11:00-5:00 Thurs-Tues. or at The Annex when open and during the Homes for the Holidays Tour on the 7th.

Your gifts of new and handmade hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves will keep kids warm throughout the season! Canned goods are also appreciated. All items will be distributed to local churches up and down the shore during the holiday season.

Holiday Theater from LSPAC in December at the Island Theatre: "A Christmas Pudding"



SAVE THE DATE! The Lower Shore Performing Arts Company presents a December production of "A Christmas Pudding"! Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm... Enjoy this holiday entertainment unlike any other, with music and singing to lift your Christmas spirits! Hear stories and poems by great writers from the past and present, both comic and profound, performed by our amazing cast... Rejoice in a warmth that will touch your heart and soul! This performance will stir memories and laugher in the spirit of the holiday season. Tickets available at the door or at www.lowershorepac.org

General Admission $15 per person

Seniors and Active Military $12

Family (1) Household $45

Children under 10 are FREE

New Year's Eve at the Island Theatre with the Fil Rhythm Band and the Salt Marsh Ramblers


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 8:00-11:30PM

C'mon out to the Island Theatre for CIAO's New Years Eve 2020 concert performance! Get ready to dance -- this year features local favorites the Fil Rhythm Band and their crowd-pleasing brand of rock, blues and funky soul! With opening set by roots bluegrass aficionados, the Salt Marsh Ramblers... Starts at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30) and ends just in time to walk over to the Horseshoe Drop in Robert Reed Park across the street! Tickets are available at Sundial Books on Main Street and at the Annex next to the theater... (Purchase online on our Facebook page also). Cash bar will be available. Don't miss this night of fun and fantastic local music!

2020 CIAO "Friday Night at the Movies"


Announcing the 2020 season of "Friday Nights at the Movies"!
CIAO is pleased to present another great series of classic films, offered each Friday night at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30) at the Island Theatre beginning on January 3rd and wrapping up on May 15th. Admission to see these terrific movies is just $5.00... Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors, listed after the movie names, below:

January 3 - "The Greatest Showman" - Bill and Ruth Spann

January 10 - "King of Hearts" - David Johnson and Lisa Cannon

January 17 - "Big Trouble in Little China" - Pico Taqueria

January 24 - "Overboard" - Jim and Margie Gladfelter

January 31 - "Smokey and the Bandit" - Dennis and Karen Fishell / Billy and Terry King

February 7 - "Urban Cowboy" - Bob and Tina Zoller

February 14 - "Princess Bride" - John and Marty Lane

February 21 - "Say Anything" - Claude and Cheryl Taylor

February 28 - "My Fair Lady" - Walter Lane

March 6 - "Days of Wine and Roses" - Denise Bowden

March 13 - "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" - Chuck and Tama Ward

March 20 - "The Commitments" - Bill and Judy Borges

March 27 - "The Triplets of Belleville" - Joe and Nancy Silvio

April 3 - "The Cowboy" - Church Street Produce

April 10 - "Stand and Deliver" - Anthony, Laura and Sofie Foster

April 17 - "Young Frankenstein" - Ernie and Cheryl Smith

April 24 - "Somewhere in Time" - Stephen Joe

May 1 - "The Producers" - Tom and Maribeth Lane

May 8 - "Up" - David Landsberger and Melody Stevens

May 15 - "Gladiator" - Hank and Mary Terhune



2020 PAILS ARE HERE! Buy a Premium Popcorn Pail, large drink, and any candy. If you already have a pail, it's $8 to refill the popcorn, drink and candy! (Management reserves the right to discontinue promotion at any time.)


TERRIFIC TRADE-IN DEAL! Bring us your 2019 Popcorn Pail and buy a 2020 Pail and get a FREE large drink! (Management reserves the right to discontinue promotion at any time.)



Tickets and showtimes available at islandtheatres.com

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!

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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