Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street came out in 1984, jumpstarting a series of movies and other media adaptations and creating a new cinema icon for a popular culture overly prone to bestowing icon status.
The original Nightmare on Elm Street tells the story of a neighborhood whose teens are besieged in their dreams by a scarred, blade-gloved fiend in a fedora and striped sweater that turns out to be a child-killing janitor who had been burned alive in a fit of vigilantism by the parents of these teens back in the good old days.
Obviously, when you’re in Hollywood, there is tons of cool stuff you should be doing instead of seeing the anonymous street where they filmed a horror movie about dreaming teenagers. But the thing is, if you’re in Hollywood, it’s ridiculously easy to come across the street. It’s located right in the shadow of the Hollywood sign and just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.
Elm Street is actually N. Genesee Avenue, a long road that, like most of the long roads in West Hollywood’s orderly grid, intersects with Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Sunset Boulevards.