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.
Game Days are back in the Theatre Annex on Mondays from 1 to 4 pm. There are some important changes. Masks will be required. Bring your own personal drink or snack. Game tables will be set at least ten feet apart. Participants will be required to sign in. Come prepared to relax and join your friends for card and table games.
Online entertainment returns to CIAO TV with a special program of four soliloquies from the works of William Shakespeare. This partnership between CIAO and Longtayle Studios features local actors Greg Jones, Maria Burns, Thom Nolan and Karen Kay with direction by Thom Nolan and music by Bill Troxler.
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, now and when we're up and running again... 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!