Here is an aerial
photo of the location. And here is a map
What is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
Q. What is it actually in real life?
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. In Episode 11, of Season 8, "Monkey in a Box".
Saxon (the Brain Surgeon killer) has just finished threatening Dexter
to leave him alone or he would kill all of Dexter's loved ones.
Dexter responded by sending videos of Saxon's bloody murders to the press.
In this scene, Saxon is filling his car's tank at a gas station when he hears his name mentioned on the TV news.
at a monitor, he sees his face on the TV, with the reporter saying that
police are looking for him, and that they have received gruesome videos
of his murders.
He notices another man at the gas station with a cell phone, and wonders if he is phoning the police.
Saxon curses Dexter, angrily gets back into his car, and drives off.
A. This is actually the Belmont 76 station at
76 South Termino Ave, in Long Beach, CA.
just a block north of Ocean Blvd, at Livingston Drive, close to the
Belmont Pool, the Belmont Pier, and the La Palapa cafe, where they have
filmed so many scenes in the past.
And if you follow Livingston Drive about half a mile to the northeast, you'll come to
the Catholic church where they filmed Vogel's funeral for this episode.
The Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, mentioned in this article, was demolished in early 2015. They discovered seismic deficiencies in
the old building, so they torn it down. It will eventually be replaced with
a new pool.
Palapa, the patio café which was the location of several different
"Dexter" scenes over the years, was attached to the west side of the
pool building, so it was torn down as well.
Here, for the record, is a Google StreetView of the pool, when it was standing.
And here is a YouTube video of the historic building being torn down.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In the early seasons, I
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using
clues from the various scenes. By the now, though, I've developed
a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia,
Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.
This tip came from both Rick and Julie
- who let me know on the day they filmed the Vogel funeral, that they
were setting up to shoot near the gas station on Livingston. (Thanks
Rick & Julie!)
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