location: Frosty Swirl
However, the small building was dismantled and taken away, soon after the scene had been shot.
The address of the MarketPlace center that it sat behind is 6475 E. Pacific Coast Highway, in Long Beach, CA.
The center is across the street from the Seaport Marina Hotel, where Dexter has filmed many scenes over the years, and it's less than a mile away from Loynes Drive, where they filmed the Mike Anderson murder scene.
On the southwest side of Shopkeeper road is a large parking lot which serves the MarketPlace center. The Dexter production company built the stand at the edge of this parking lot, right next to (and facing) Shopkeeper Road.
On the other (northeast) side of Shopkeeper Road is a large parcel of undeveloped land, filled with palm trees and brush.
This location did
double duty, because after they filmed the Frosty Swirl scene, they
filmed the "search for bodies" scene across the street, on that empty
if you find yourself craving a Frosty Swirl while you're there, you can
always go to the Ruby's Diner at the MarketPlace center and get a soft
serve cone (or an ice cream sundae).
I shot the photos below in June 2012.
And a fan, Suzi, sent me this photo she shot of her daughter posing in front of the Frosty Swirl!
Here is an aerial photo of the location. Here is a Google StreetView.
And here is a map link.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the now, though,
I've 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.
In this case, I was there
when they filmed the scene. I watched them shoot the scene where
Debra runs out onto Shopkeeper Road, and I shot a few photos of the
location (see above), while the Frosty Swirl was still up.
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