location: LaGuerta & Matthews conspire
Matthews says that she must be stopped. LaGuerta tells him not to worry.
Q. What is it actually in real life? A. A parking lot.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This parking lot is next to the Highland Park Senior Citizens Center, at 6152 N. Figueroa Street, in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles.
But it's not the large parking lot to the north, which you'd expect.
Instead, it's a small, narrow lot that runs between the south side of the Senior Center and Marmion Way. It's almost invisible from aerial photos, hidden by large trees.
Their car was parked slanted to
the southeast. The broad street in the background, that we very
briefly glimpse as LaGuerta walks to the car, is Figueroa Street.
The chain link fence, in front of their car, runs along Marmion Way.
The senior center is located in a small park on the east side of Figueroa, between York Blvd & Arroyo Glen Street.
If Arroyo Glen Street sounds familiar, it should. Because that's the street where you'll find Gellar's church
& lair. (In fact, Marmion Way and two fences are the only
thing separating the parking lot from the "church" property.)
No doubt, that's one of the
reasons they decided to film here. Likewise, it's the same reason
they filmed at another address on Arroyo Glen Street: the cougar's house.
And this cluster of three locations is only about half a mile northeast of two other Season 6 locations: the barber shop (where Dexter killed the gang
leader, Julio), and the fake coffee stand where Debra told Angel
about her promotion.
This is a Google StreetView of that narrow parking lot, as seen from Marmion Way.
Click on the photo to see the StreetView panorama, then rotate it around 180 degrees,
Here is an aerial
photo of the park, with the lot marked. And here is a map
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 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.
I knew from Rick
and another source that they had filmed this scene at one of the
parking lots near the Senior Center. But then it got tricky trying
to figure out which of the parking lots they used.
Because, when I checked the bigger
lot, on the north side, I couldn't line up the few items we can see in
the background of the scene: a grass lawn (and a building's corner)
behind them, a broad street beyond that lawn, and a chain link fence in
front of their car.
Finally though, I discovered that
there was a smaller lot, almost hidden by trees (in aerial photos),
running along the south side of the center, next to Marmion Way.
One I spotted it, it was easy then to spot the lawn, trees, and building
that were in the scene. And StreetView let me confirm the chain link fence.
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