Dexter Filming Locations: Palm Liquor Store

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The location: Palm Liquor Store.

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

    A. A liquor store.

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 4, of Season 5, "Beauty And The Beast".

    Quinn suspects that Dexter was somehow involved with the Trinity Killer and his wife's murder, but no one will listen to him.

    When artists' renderings of "Kyle Butler" resemble Dexter, Quinn wants to show Dexter's photo to Trinity's son, Jonah, to see if he can confirm Quinn's suspicion that "Kyle" and Dexter are one and the same.

    Unfortunately for Quinn, the FBI has Jonah hidden away in a "safe house", under the witness protection program, and they won't let Quinn near him.

    So he follows an FBI agent to the safe house, and then to this liquor store, where the Feds have made a brief stop (while transporting Jonah).

    Inside the liquor store, when the FBI agent temporarily takes his eyes off Jonah, Quinn approaches the young man and shows him a photo of Dexter, asking him if that is Kyle Butler.

    Jonah, who feels indebted to "Kyle", isn't sure what to do, so he hesitates. Before he can say anything, the FBI swoops in and handcuffs Quinn.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A liquor store - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Dave's Palm Liquor, at 3014 N. Studebaker Road, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's at the northeast corner of Studebaker and Spring Street.

    It's right next door to El Dorado Park, where they filmed the abandoned Visitors Welcome Center (where Dexter held Lumen captive), and is very close to both the safe house where the FBI kept Jonah, and the corner where Boyd & Dexter picked up a dead skunk.

    And in past seasons, they have used El Dorado Park for Dexter's car accident, the scene where Dexter catches Trinity, and the park where he jogs after a young victim.

Kerry shot the photos below in July 2010:

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 5th 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, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, 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, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    This particular tip (and the great photos) came from Kerry, who also sent in the photos this season of the El Dorado Park scenes, the dead skunk scene, and the safe house.
    (And last season, she got photos of the roll-over accident scene, not to mention actually landing a cameo at Trinity's arcade.

    Kerry, who lives near El Dorado Park, was scoping out the above park locations, when she learned that they were filming nearby, at the liquor store. I also got an early tip from Rick on this one.   (Thanks, Kerry & Rick!)

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