Dexter Filming Locations: Saxon's Gas Station

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The location: Saxon's Gas Station

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

    A. A 76 gas station.

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 11, of Season 8, "Monkey in a Box".

    Oliver 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.

    Looking up 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.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A 76 gas station - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is actually the Belmont 76 station at
    76 South Termino Ave, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's 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.

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

UPDATE: 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.

La 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 locations.

    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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