The location: Barry Busted at Gas Station
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is the Shell station (and 7-11 minimart) at the northeast corner of Ocean Blvd and Alamitos Ave, in Long Beach.
The official address is 805 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA.
The tall, picturesque building you see in the background is the Villa Riviera, a local landmark, which is right across the street (to the south).
Once south of
Ocean, Alamitos Avenue is renamed Shoreline Drive, and that's where
they shot the driving scene in Season 3 when Dexter was abducted (for
his bachelor party). It's also there that you'll find Shoreline Village,
where they filmed a number of scenes, including this episode's scenes of
Liddy phoning Quinn and of Astor
busted for shoplifting.
shot the photos below in November 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.
Rick let me
know that they were filming there. (Thanks,
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