location: Junkie's Alley
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 scene behind 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.
This location is just blocks from both Leo's house and Lisa's school, as well as the Hollywood Forever cemetery.
It's also just a half mile southeast of the studio (Sunset-Gower) where they film Dexter.
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. Here is a Google StreetView.
if you drive by, chances are that all you will see is an empty lot (or the new center rising in its place).
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.
Rick sent me this one. Plus, he drove by and shot the photo you see above. (Thanks, Rick!)
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