Standing proud in the charismatic Plaza de Callao, the FNAC building is now an essential feature not only of Madrid’s central cityscape, but also of its varied and extensive cultural offer. The concept behind such huge spaces dedicated exclusively to leisure and culture was created in 1954, when two friends, André Essen and Max Theret, set up a shopping centre with discounts for members. The first store opened in 1957, and in the 1960s, an exhibition of artistic photography motivated them to organise cultural activities, leading this giant in electronics, sound and vision, and literature, to set itself up as another art gallery, hosting free book launches, concerts, film showings, and lectures, etc.
In total, it covers three floors plus a basement, dedicated exclusively to leisure, in all its different branches of film, music, photography, computing, and even press and magazines in a pleasant café. Books are on the top two floors, classified thematically or by author and genre, spanning reference books such as dictionaries, text books or specialist manuals, up to latest releases, as well as a section for books in English and French, mainly. FNAC’s commitment to its customers and, above all, to the world of culture, is also clear from its reading corner, where you can leaf through its vast catalogue, and from its highly qualified staff who can deal with your questions and requests any day of the week, since it also opens on Sundays.