Dexter Filming Locations: Cemetery: Rita's Funeral

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The location: Cemetery / Rita's Funeral

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A cemetery.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 5, "My Bad".

    Following Rita's murder, her friends and family gather at the cemetery for her burial.

    Debra, LaGuerta, Angel, Quinn, Cody, Astor and the others at the gravesite wait for her husband, Dexter to arrive.

    Little do they know that Dexter, in an emotional crisis, has decided that he doesn't deserve to attend, and has opted instead to run away from it all.

    As time passes, and Dexter doesn't arrive, the crowd grows more restless.

    Finally, at the last minute, Dexter shows up.

    Standing at her grave, he delivers a simple eulogy, in which he realizes, at the end, that he actually loved Rita.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A cemetery.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Hollywood Forever cemetery, at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, in Hollywood, CA.

    It is located just three blocks south of the Sunset-Gower studio where they film "Dexter", and is right next door to historic Paramount Studios.

    Back in the Silent Era, and continuing into the early Golden Age of Hollywood, this cemetery (originally called Hollywood Memorial Park) was the top choice as the final resting place for celebrities.

    Here, you'll find the graves of Hollywood giants, such as Rudolph Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, Janet Gaynor, Tyrone Power and Clifton Webb.

    You'll also find more recent stars here, including Don Adams and Darren McGavin.

    For a full list of stars buried at Hollywood Forever, click here.

    Hollywood Forever is used often in movies and TV, in part because, as an older park, it still has the kind of tall, old-fashioned headstones that many producers want when the envision a funeral scene.

    "Buffy the Vampire" shot scenes here, as did "Charmed". And the park was recently featured in a key scene in the 2009 romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day".

    I shot the photos below in 2009

    Here is an aerial photo of the cemetery. And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  I have been here many times, and have written several pages about the cemetery and its Hollywood past. So, I recognized it on sight.

    And, had I needed a reminder, it didn't hurt that "Dexter" had used it before in Season 3, as the cemetery where Miguel Prado buried Ellen Wolf in an empty grave.

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