A. The rear side of a row of urban retail buildings that have been partially demolished.
Where can I find it in real life?
used to be a row of urban retail buildings along the north side of the 5600 block of Santa Monica Blvd, which included a large linoleum store and a Sears store.
demolish those buildings, and planned to build another center in its place.
But when this scene was filmed (in July 2011), the demolition was incomplete, leaving veritable ruins standing along Santa Monica Blvd.
They filmed this scenebehind and inside these partially-demolished buildings.
The block of
former stores was bounded by Santa Monica Blvd (on the south), by Virginia
Ave (on the north), and by Wilton Place (on the west).
For this scene, they
used the rear (north) side, which faces Virginia Ave.
first see Anderson driving, he is heading north on the 1100 block of N.
Wilton Place. He quickly turns right (east) onto Virginia Avenue, then
right (south) into the rear parking lot of this former center. The initial confrontation with the junkie was filmed up against the back wall of this retail strip.
roofless ruin that Anderson chases the junkie through (and where he
captures him) was part of this center, and appears to have been the former "Linoleum City" store, at 5657 Santa Monica Blvd.
Warning: This isn't the best neighborhood in the world. And demolition should be complete by now, so
if you drive
by, chances are that all you will see is an empty lot (or the new center rising in
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I
already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.
Rick sent me this one. Plus, he drove by and shot the photo you see above. (Thanks, Rick!)