About Us

Who are we?

Since 1985, Best Video, founded by Hank Paper, has served the southern Connecticut community at several locations on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. The store has been at its current location, 1842 Whitney Ave. since 2001. Best Video features a DVD archive in excess of 30,000 titles, comprising a wealth of classic, foreign, independent, cult, contemporary and children’s titles.

On Nov. 1, 2015, after 30 years in business, owner Hank Paper sold the assets of the store to the recently formed nonprofit Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

BVFCC intends to maintain the exceptional and deep archive of movies created by Hank Paper as a resource for the local community of academics, educators and film aficionados. The programming of film and music events in the Performance Space will be continued and expanded. As well, BVFCC will continue to operate the cafe—serving great coffee, wine and beer, and pastries from Bread & Chocolate—as an adjunct to event programming and a vibrant meeting place for members of the local community. In addition, BVFCC plans to carve out an educational mission by partnering with local teachers to develop a curriculum based on the power of movies as a communication medium.

Best Video Film & Cultural Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. That means that BVFCC is a public charity, eligible to receive tax-deductible donations from the public.

Looking for hard to find videos to purchase? We are also available to help Monday-Sunday from 9AM to 5pm at  1-800-727-3843. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Welcome and thank you for visiting with us. Hours: Sun-Tues. 9:00AM – 9:00PM (except when events are taking place) / Wed. & Thurs. 9:00AM – 10:00PM / Fri. & Sat 9:00AM – 10:00PM

Best Video Film & Cultural Center
1842 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 287-9286