Dexter Filming Locations: Dexter Stabbed

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The location: Dexter "Stabbed"

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

    A. A warehouse.

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 6, "Those Kinds of Things".

    In fact, the new season opens with this scene.

    Dexter appears to have been stabbed. He seems to be bleeding from his abdomen, and in his hand is a large, bloody knife.

    He phones 911 and reports that he has been stabbed, then collapses to the ground.

    An ambulance arrives and the two ambulance attendants find Dexter lying face down.

    But as they approach, Dexter suddenly springs to life, nailing both ambulance drivers with twin hypodermics.

    They wake up inside the ambulance, parked inside the warehouse.

    Turns out that they had been letting emergency patients die, in order to supply a crooked doctor with body parts for transplants.

    Dexter kills them both (simultaneously), with the electrified paddles of a defibrillator.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A warehouse.  Just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    This warehouse is located at 615 W. 17th Street (just west of Daisy Avenue), in a somewhat rough section of west Long Beach, CA.  It's just south of Pacific Coast Highway, and just a couple of blocks east of the Long Beach (710) freeway.

    Googling that address turns up two business names: PDF Warehouse and Southend Cartage.

    In all four of the screencaps above, the camera is behind Dexter, inside the warehouse yard, looking south out the gate, onto 17th Street.

    The intercut shots of the ambulance racing to the warehouse were filmed miles away, in San Pedro, CA.  The ambulance is racing north up Signal Street, just north of Trinity's Warehouse and the dock where Dexter killed Liddy.

    The warehouse doors you see behind the ambulance belong to an extremely long warehouse that runs along the west side of Signal Street, and which was where they built the Mexican tunnels for the 2009 movie, "Fast & Furious".  (I've been on Signal Street several times, and recognized those warehouse doors.)

    I shot the photo below in 2011.

    (The camera is looking north, from 17th Street.)

    Here is an aerial photo of the warehouse. Here is a good Google StreetView.
      And here is a map link.

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.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes 
    Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Joel, Julie, Geoff,Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    This time, Rick tipped me to the fact that they were shooting somewhere in the warehouse area around Daisy & 17th.

    When the scene aired, at first I thought it was Tempco (the location used as Mos Def's garage).  But upon closer inspection, I realized it wasn't, so I went looking around Daisy & 17th, via Google StreetView.  Sure enough I quickly found a view that was a perfect match for the scene, right down to the broken pavement and the piles of trash bags.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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