4074 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 702-2170

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

The Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

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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. WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

ROCK THE TUMP with Chip and the Old Blocks - Valentine's Weekend!




Special performance at the Island Theatre by Chip and the Old Blocks to ROCK THE TUMP! Lots of terrific music from the 60s, 70s and 80s from a terrific band - Chip and the Old Blocks love to rock and make people dance, sprinkled with a few classic slow songs that really bring back the memories. The bands of the past influence all their music while adding original styles and arrangements to the classics. Music by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Doors, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Moody Blues, Everly and Righteous Brothers, plus other great artists! So if you're in town for the popular Death By Chocolate event Valentine's weekend, shake off the winter doldrums and bring your sweetheart out for this special concert at the Island Theatre! Tickets are $15 and are available below (through Eventbrite) and at Sundial Books, downtown on Main Street

LSPAC presents Agatha's Christie's "And Then There Were None" at the Island Theatre in April


Our friends the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company will soon be presenting their Spring 2020 production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", a dramatic adaptation of her best-selling crime novel. The story follows 10 strangers who receive an unusual invitation to a solitary mansion based remotely off Britain's Devon Coast. Among the guests is an unstable doctor, an anxious businessman, an irresponsible playboy, and a governess with a secret. Cut off from the outside world, the group arrives at its destination, only to find that darkness awaits them. As people start to mysteriously die, the members of the group realize there is a killer among them.


April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

April 26, 2020 at 3:00pm


Tickets will be available at Sundial Books, online from Brown Paper Tickets or from any cast member.

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 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

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

Thanks for visiting our website... 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