actual Southern California locations where
the 2007 movie "License To Wed"
The movie revolves around St. Augustine Church,
home parish of the eccentric 'Reverend Frank' (Robin Williams),
and the family church of 'Sadie' (Mandy Moore),
where she wants to be married to 'Ben' (John Krasinski).
Although the movie is supposed
to be set in Chicago, virtually all of it was filmed in Southern California.
St. Augustine's is actually
the First Congregational Church of Long
Beach, which is located at 241 Cedar Ave, in downtown
Long Beach, CA.
That's at the southwest corner of Cedar and W. 3rd Street.
The parish dates back to 1888, and the current church (an historic landmark) was
built in 1914.
( In the photo above,
the camera is looking south. )
Frank' bugs 'Ben' & 'Sadie's' apartment, and eavesdrops on their
conversations, to make sure that they're not having premarital sex.
we see Rev. Frank's assistant ("Choir
Boy") heading into the
young couple's apartment building to plant a bug. (The camera is looking
is actually a called "The Langham",
and is located
at 715 S.
Normandie Avenue (just south of Wilshire,
Western & Vermont), in Los
Next, we see Sadie's
place of work, a flower shop named "Flowers
These flower shop scenes were
shot at Brad Larsen Florals,
at 55 W. Green Street,
in Old Town Pasadena, CA.
Crazy Rev. Frank forces Ben
& Sadie to attend a marriage group encounter session,
which he holds at a local bar - where the games include mock arguments
wife-carrying contests. These bar scenes
were filmed at a real pub called
"Joe Jost's", a local
legend located at 2803 E. Anaheim St.,
in Long Beach.
( That's at the northeast corner of Anaheim Street & Temple Ave.
But the photo above is 90%
bogus. Yes, the store front is the same. But in the real world,
Joe Jost's is housed in a small, single-story, stand-alone building. In
an attempt to
make it look like Chicago, the producers 'magically' incorporated the storefront
the bottom floor of a row of brownstone high-rises, complete with an elevated
roaring by in the background.
( But the interior shot below
definitely looks like the real Joe's. )
Here's a link
to the website of the real Joe Jost's.