This bookstore is almost entirely dedicated to movies and movie lovers, with books, posters, DVDs, screenplays, memorabilia, and every other book on film you can imagine. The name, in case you are wondering, is taken form Federico Fellini’s famous movie (8 ½).
It is also a coffee shop, with a cute terrace on the street. And here is how it gets interesting for visitors: the street where it is located is filled with alternative movie theaters and it is where you can find Madrid’s very own Walk of Fame. This is not Los Angeles, clearly, so the walk of fame is actually a few stars of famous Spanish actors or directors in the sidewalk. But trust me, it adds to the vibe and charm of the area.
Back to the shop, a taste of what you will find includes original screenplays, essays, biographies about actors/directors, classics, history of cinema and so on. Spanish films are a big part of it, of course, but not only. Films and memorabilia on different languages are available too. The owners, a couple who still run the place, opened it out of their love for movies and it shows. The atmosphere in Ocho y Medio is the best part, where signed posters from your favorite movies/actors are hanging from the walls. A great plan would be to watch a movie before or after you visit the shop, it would be a very cinematic evening.