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Want to use Mission San Juan Capistrano as a stunning backdrop for your photos or next film? Mission San Juan Capistrano welcomes commercial filming and photography, reservations and permits required.

The lush gardens and historic architecture at California Landmark #200 provide an ideal landscape for film and TV production, commercials and print photography. Filming and photography can take place anytime during the year. With over 10 acres of land, we are sure to have something to suit everyone.


Mission San Juan Capistrano charges site fees for all filming/photography intended for commercial purposes. Funds go towards the future preservation of the historic Mission. Site fees are also charged for using the Mission as a setting for other projects that are not considered personal snapshots or editorial coverage by the press. Site fees vary based on the details of each project.

The operation or use of any drones, unmanned aircraft/flying systems, and remotely-controlled or radio-controlled flying machines (whether or not motorized) of all types, shapes, and sizes at any time in the vicinity of or on Mission property is prohibited. Please wear appropriate clothing for Mission grounds. Clothes that are revealing or inappropriate are not permitted on church property.

The Mission reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which the Mission or its properties will appear, either by name or by visual representation. For books, videos, films or other projects, Mission San Juan Capistrano must receive full details of any dialogue, written content or other accompanying information for review prior to approval. Mission San Juan Capistrano reserves the right to decline any request for any reason.

Commercial filming arrangements are recommended three to four weeks in advance through our Bookings Department at (949) 234-1306 or email

Location scout visits can be arranged by contacting our Bookings Department at (949) 234-1306 or email

Protecting the Mission as a Landmark
The Mission is a place of spiritual and historical meaning. Our guests come from around the world,  as a place of peace and inspiration it deserves behavior on site that is in keeping with providing the best possible guest experience. Any issues or concerns my be directed to the Executive Director.

Reservation slots are limited and special events days may not allow for photography. Please call in advance for availability.

Mission San Juan Capistrano may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Use of a ticket is implied consent for the use of the holder’s likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes.

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Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 13, 2024.
Closed early on Good Friday.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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