We reopen for safe browsing (barring a serious covid surge) Fri., Apr. 9

Keeping our fingers crossed that covid rates don’t surge in Connecticut, we will be opening the Best Video premises for browsing Friday, Apr. 9!

Along with allowing browsing, we will expand the video hours from the current 3-7 PM to 1-7 PM. Cafe hours will expand from the current 8 AM-1 PM to 8 AM-4 PM (Sundays-Wednesdays) and 8 AM-5 PM (Thursday/Friday/Saturday). As our music programming begins again on Thursday, April 15, the Thursday-Saturday cafe hours will effectively be 8 AM-7 PM (or whenever the music show ends). Cafe service, however, will remain curbside for now with outdoor seating only.

We know that perusing the shelves at BVFCC is one of the signal pleasures of being a member. We will spend the next two weeks cleaning up, putting up signage about social distancing, and installing some barriers and equipment to improve safety for members and staff (there’s already a new touchless faucet in our restroom).

Guidance to make this reopening to browsing smooth and safe for all concerned:

• Social distancing will remain a must.

• Masks are 100% required, no exceptions.

• Only five members (couples or family units will count as one) will be allowed in at one time.

• We request that browsers limit the time they spend, particularly if there are other members waiting to get inside. We recognize that many of you just look forward to getting lost in looking around after being away so long but we want to accommodate as many people as safely as possible.

A cabinet displaying part of the expanded directors section. How many of these directors are YOU familiar with?!

And you can use the time leading up to April 9 to bone up on your directors! Staffers Rob Harmon and Teo Hernandez have spent the lockdown time expanding our directors sections and rearranging where other sections are. Over 80 directors have had their oeuvre added, with an emphasis on including previously overlooked women directors, directors of color, and international film directors.

If you want to know where a specific DVD or a section is, please ask a Best Video staffer.

Cafe reopening set for Mon., June 15; Sunday video hours change from 4-8 PM to 3-7 PM

BVFCC cafe manager Matt Elliott and barista Graham Honaker getting the cafe ready for the Monday reopening.

Due to some unexpected complications, we were unable to reopen the cafe this week as expected (and announced). Our apologies to all who were disappointed. But we have gotten the kinks out and our cafe will reopen for curbside pickup this coming Monday, June 15.

Also, the Sunday hours for curbside DVD pickup is changing. Previously, Sunday hours were 4-8 PM. Starting this weekend, members can pick up their videos on Sunday from 3-7 PM. Members can also pick up DVDs 3-7 Pm on Monday-Wednesday and from 4-8 PM Thursday through Saturday.
Starting June 15, the cafe will be open daily from 8 AM-noon. PLEASE: debit or credit cards only for transactions for safety reasons. While cash will be acceptable for tips, the cafe—like the video side—will not be accepting cash or checks for transactions to lower the risk to staff and patrons.

We also ask that all patrons—for your safety and the safety of our staff—observe these precautions:

WEAR MASKS • Our staff will be wearing masks when they serve you. We ask that you respect them by also wearing masks when receiving your purchase. We understand that the masks will need to be lowered if you take a seat to drink your cappuccino or devour your croissant. That’s where social distancing becomes extra important!

OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LINE & WHEN SEATED AT OUTSIDE TABLES • Please maintain a social distance of 6-8 feet between you and others who aren’t members of your household. We know everybody wants to socialize again but let’s do it in a safe manner.