The location: Dexter's Swimming Pool
Well, they were there on that block of Linden filming a cluster of scenes from Episode 2, including the scene of Dexter saying goodbye to the kids, Debra phoning Dexter about the kids, Dexter with Harrison inside the moving van (looking at blood), and Quinn & Debra checking out an open house.
Granted, if you don't know the history of Long Beach, the name "The Petroleum Club" might sound a little odd. But Long Beach (along with nearby Signal Hill) was an oil boom town early in its history, and still is.
Today, you can still see oil wells just offshore its beaches, cleverly disguised as man-made islands.
Back in 1954, at a time when private clubs were all the rage, the leaders in the L.B. oil industry decided it would be a good thing to have their own club, and thus The Petroleum Club was born. They broke ground for the current building in 1957.
The pool we see Dexter swimming in is an Olympic-sized pool (30 ft. x 76 ft), located next to a solar heated patio with cocktail service, and a terrace available for event rental.
The Petroleum Club has its own website at www.lbpetroleumclub.com.
They have a lot of photos of the facility here, in case you're curious, including this small shot of the pool seen in Dexter:
filmed often in this general in Bixby Knolls area of northwest Long Beach.
Besides the Episode 2 locations mentioned above, this location is
close to the Miguel Prado's house, Maria
LaGuerta's house, Trinity's house,
the donut shop, the pool
party, the Neighborhood Watch
scene, and a number of other (mostly residential) Dexter locations.
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.
tip came from Rick, who reported they
were filming at the Club. I went there to watch some of the filming. Later,
a check of their website (and aerial photos) revealed the existence of
the swimming pool. (Thanks, Rick!)
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