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

Learn to Play Contract Bridge at the Annex

SEPT. 21-NOV. 16, 2018  10:00AM-NOON

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.

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"It's a Wonderful Life" FREE SHOWING at the Island Theatre


CIAO kicks off the holiday season with their annual free showing of Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore on Saturday, November 24th after the town tree lightning ceremony (approximately 6:00pm)... Stroll over afterward and join us for this heartwarming film, perfect for the whole family! Concessions will be available as well.

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Stop in for Game Day Mondays at the Annex

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. 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!

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with Virginia Creek at the Theatre

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. Opening with a solo set is lead vocalist Dalton Elliot, then 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 (check or cash) at Sundial Books at 4065 Main Street, Chincoteague or online at our Eventbrite link (credit card with small surcharge). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-concert-with-virginia-creek-tickets-50806510641

 There will also be a cash bar available.

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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

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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Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

4076 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336

Call (757) 702-2170
Email ciao@ciarts.net