A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
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John Marshall High School is seen in The Young Stranger; Rebel Without a Cause; Grease; Like Father, Like Son; Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Grosse Point Blank; Pretty In Pink; Can’t Hardly Wait; and Space Jam.
A Nightmare on Elm Street filming location: Heather Langenkamp’s house: 1428 Genessee Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Photograph: Peter Paulsen
Wes Craven’s surreal, reality-shifting movie, elmstreets ahead of the stalk’n’slashers with which it’s usually bracketed – and launching the phenomenon that is Freddy Krueger – was filmed on real locations around Los Angeles.
A Nightmare on Elm Street filming location: the high school: John Marshall High School, 3939 Tracy Street, Silverlake, Los Angeles
The school is John Marshall High School, 3939 Tracy Street in Silverlake, which numbers Leonardo DiCaprio among its ex-pupils. A regular screen star, with a resumé stretching back to the Fifties, and two dramas of teenage angst: John Frankenheimer’s 1957 The Young Stranger and Nicholas Ray’s 1955 James Dean classic, Rebel Without a Cause. Since then, it’s featured in 80s romance Pretty In Pink, bodyswap comedy Like Father, Like Son, the original big-screen film of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Grosse Point Blank, and its playing fields hosted the carnival at the end of Grease.
A Nightmare on Elm Street filming location: the creepy school basement: Lincoln Heights Jail, North Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles
Many interiors, particularly the school’s gloomy boiler room, were shot inside the old Lincoln Heights Jail, 421 North Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights, near downtown Los Angeles, a frequent movie location, seen in George Cukor’s 1954 A Star Is Born as the ‘drunk tank’ in which Norman Maine (James Mason) is held after falling off the wagon. Wes Craven himself returned to Lincoln Heights Jail to film scenes for Shocker.
A Nightmare on Elm Street filming location: the ‘5th Precinct’ police station: Cahuenga Branch Library, Santa Monica Boulevard, East Hollywood
This is not the jail exterior that’s seen in the film, though. The ‘5th Precinct’, to which Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) is mysteriously drawn in the night, is the 1916 Cahuenga Branch Library, 4591 Santa Monica Boulevard, at North Madison Avenue in East Hollywood. Closed and renovated in the 1990s, the building has been designated a Historic-Cultural Monument.
A Nightmare on Elm Street location: boyfriend Johnny Depp’s house: 1419 Genessee Avenue, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Nancy’s home, where she’s stalked by Freddie Krueger, is 1428 North Genessee Avenue, between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. And just over the road at 1419 North Genessee Avenue, is the house where boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp in his movie début) gets liquidised.
A Nightmare on Elm Street location: the ‘Katja Institute’: American Jewish University, Mulholland drive, Bel-Air
Photograph: wikimedia / Cbl62
Nancy is taken for tests to the ‘Katja Institute for the Study of Sleep Disorders’, which is the American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, at Casiano Road, by the San Diego Freeway north of Bel-Air. But she does come away with a hat.