Late Satyajit Ray inaugurated and patronized this center of culture housing three cinema halls one of which is dedicated in screening art movies. It is Calcutta's best movie theater. The Rabindra Sadan and Sisir Mancha (both auditoriums) are situated next to Nandan. Nandan theatre behind Rabindra Sadan is Calcutta's place of cine culture for film enthusiasts and professionals. Late Satyajit Ray designed its intriguing emblem. Its three motion picture theatres have the best screening facilities in Calcutta. Largely film clubs to screen art movies for their members use one hall. People camp overnight outside ticket counters during film festivals to get hold of tickets. Nandan is the best cultural centre in the eastern zone of India, which was established on 2nd September 1985. A selected committee controls it. Its first chairman was the world famous film director and maker Late Satyajit Roy who was the Oscar holder, the Second being the great dramatist late Utpal Datta. The third chairman was the successful actor Late Anil Chatterjee. Nandan has its own library and a great museum in the name of Satyajit Roy. It is called Satyajit Roy Archives. Different types of books about film are available in Nandan library. Nandan has had published many research works about films. These are like Bengali film Directory, Bengali Cinema and short films, A poet with a camera, 100 years of cinema etc. It also organises various types of film - related programmes.
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