Our History, Our People
What is VisArt
We are one of the last remaining independent video stores. We have over 30,000 titles for rent. and racks of movies on sale. We also sell movie memorabilia, t-shirts, action figures and posters. You can even buy almost any movie on the shelves for just our cost.
Our name is shortened from Visual Arts. We feel strongly that there is a huge world of film outside of Hollywood and current releases. A true story is that VisArt came into being when its founder could not find Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai or Renoir’s Grand Illusion, but every outlet checked did stock many copies of Ernest Saves Christmas. Now, we are not movie snobs, but we also thought we could do better in terms of selection.
In the 1980s, there were several VisArt stores in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, but as they were closing, in 2010 Mickey Aberman and Gina (Twiggy) Cerniglia became co-owners of the Charlotte location that Twiggy had been managing since 2003. In 2015 they moved the store from 7th Street to its current location at the corner of Eastway Drive and Central Avenue. Among other things, this location offered the space to open the Screening Room in 2018. The Screening Room is used for film and video events and other public presentations and celebrations.
In 2016 Mickey Aberman took full ownership of VisArt, and in 2018 oversaw the transition to VisArt becoming a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
It still provides public access to perhaps the largest film and video collections on the East Coast. It also provides a center for people who are local film-makers and people who want to learn about film. VisArt is also working closely with the Charlotte Film Society. Film and video (like theatre, dance, photography, etc.) are not just entertainment but also an art form and a window into our history and culture.
We are a locally-owned resource for the community. We rely on our members to spread the word that we exist and that we are a great place to pick up a movie. VisArt’s staff knows and loves movies. If you tell us what you have liked, we will put you on to more that fit your mood or taste.
My favorite directors are Alma Har'el, Andrea Arnold, Celine Sciamma, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Satoshi Koa and Yorgos Lanthimos. If you're looking for anything a little off center at VisArt, look for Briana's picks!
Born and raised in Charlotte, been going to VisArt since I was 7 years old and grew up in the
store. Fondest memories of the place are my dad taking me there several times a week and
having watched a massive catalog of great films thanks to him and VisArt. I'm the youngest of
the staff, queer as heck, and very friendly towards any customers. I genuinely enjoy helping
people with whatever they need as this has been one of my favorite spots in town quite literally
my entire life. My favorite genres are Sci-Fi and Horror, some of my favorite directors are Robert
Eggers, Ridley Scott, Bong Joon-Ho, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson & M. Night Shyamalan.
My favorite movie is The Lighthouse, and I’m probably into Star Wars wayyyy more than I should
Hi, I'm Frankie and I'm the Digital Media Coordinator at VisArt! I was born and raised in Charlotte, and have lived all over the world; ask me about our International Films section. My favorite genres are Action and Comedy, and I have a special love for Kung Fu movies (I even have a Shaw Brothers tattoo)!
Native of Clemson, South Carolina. Lover of animals, art, and artifacts.
Favorite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Cohen Brothers, Ridley Scott, to name a few.
Huge fan of 'Barry Lyndon', no matter what anyone says.
Top 3 favorite movies would be: 'Raising Arizona', 'One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest', and '12 Monkeys'
Grew up in western Maryland, educated in Charlottesville Virginia and working her way south.
Favorite VisArt memory is her children (now grown) discovering the great silent films.
Top Genres (at least currently) are Film Noir, Classics and New Zealand Films, and favorite directors are Hitchcock and Miyazaki.
Grew up in Queens NYC, educated in Connecticut. I first found VisArt on my birthday in 2008 and haven't left since.
Tope Genres: Anime, Animation, Japanese Films, Godzilla or anything Kaiju, Martial Arts Films, SciFi, Comedy and overall Bad Movies.
Micah was raised by his mom, his dad, and the glory days of when movie theaters didn't card a 12 year old trying to Demolition Man. His love of movies was cultivated by mom 'n' pop video store culture, teenage depression and internet bootleg tapes. He hates pretentious film snobs because trash cinema deserves adoration as art cinema. He loves the obscurest of the obscure flicks which he considers his specialty. In closing, don't watch trailers before you see the movie. It's better that way.