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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019 FROM 5:00-9:00PM
Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Apollo-themed movie night! The event will begin at the Annex with Apollo and Moon-themed activities for children and adults followed by a showing of the film “Apollo 13” at the Theatre. From 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., explore Earth’s Moon and learn about NASA’s past Apollo missions and future plans to return to the Moon at the Annex through free activities that include a moon-phase Oreo activity, building moon-phase calculators, and watching footage from the Apollo landings. Participants can also learn how to participate in an Apollo and Moon-themed Youth Art Contest and summer space camp. The movie, sponsored by the Virginia Space Flight Academy and will include a reading of “In Case of a Disaster” by the The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and remarks about Apollo’s 50th Anniversary by a NASA representative!
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. 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!
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 7:00PM AND SUNDAY, APRIL 28 3:00PM
LSPAC's production of Pippin at the Island Theatre... Come out and see one of the most beloved and longest running Broadway shows of all time performed by the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company! Live music during the performance! Tickets are $18.00: for info and to purchase, please visit www.lowershorepac.org or buy at the door! (All shows are general admission; seniors, active military, and first responders are $15 per person and family/household is $45. Students are $10 with ID. Children under 10 are FREE.) This production will also be held on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 5 at 3:00pm at Washington Academy & High School, Princess Anne, Maryland.
CIAO is offering another great series of classic films each Friday night at 7:00pm at the Island Theatre through April 26th. Admission to see these terrific movies is just $5.00!
CIAO thanks the following sponsors who make this series possible:
Assateague Coast Trust
Bill and Judy Borges
Gary and Kathy Cottingham
Kim and Eric Dennis
Denny and Karen Fishell
Billy and Terry King
David and Lue Landsberger
John and Marty Lane
Tom and Maribeth Lane
Margaret and Gary Nichols
Bill and Ruth Spann
VA Space Flight Academy
Bob and Tina Zoller
March 29 Apollo 13
April 5 Blazing Saddles
April 12 Chariots of Fire
April 19 Fly Away Home
April 26 Saturday Night Fever