The location: Alex Tilden's Bank
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A former bank, and office building.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is the former Pacific Mercantile Bank - 211 E. Ocean Blvd, in Long Beach, CA.
It's in the 6-story high Downtown Plaza building.
That's on the north side of Ocean, between Long Beach Blvd and Pine Ave.
The latter, outdoor part of the scene (as Debra & Quinn walk away from the bank) was filmed on the Long Beach Promenade, a broad pedestrian walkway (the south end of Locust Ave) that runs (north-south) along the west side of the bank.
( During the walk, you can actually see a sign reading "211", near the lawn. )
In that walking shot, the camera is looking south, across Ocean Blvd, as they walk north on the Promenade.
tall, striped office building seen next to it is at 180 E. Ocean
Blvd. The arch-shaped window seen behind them is part of the Long Beach
Convention Center. (Here's a Google
StreetView matching that view.)
shot the photo below in September 2010:
Q. 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 5th 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, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, 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 locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
location was provided by Rick. (Thanks,
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