Middletown’s Central Avenue a location for movie shoot

Another major motion picture has started filming in Butler County.

The movie “Donnybrook” began filming in the Cincinnati area earlier this week.

On Thursday, “Donnybrook” crews were filming along Central Avenue storefronts between Clark and Clinton streets in Middletown.

Vehicle traffic and pedestrians were diverted from the area during the filming.

Film crews will be back during the next few months to shoot in Middletown, according to Shelby Quinlivan, city communications coordinator.

In the open lots behind the buildings was the base camp with dressing rooms and other support staff. Along sections of Central Avenue, there were several large trucks and trailers parked as well as small tents set up on the sidewalk.

Middletown police blocked the street to keep traffic out during the actual filming. About 60 people were working Thursday on the film.

Producers described “Donnybrook” as part “No Country for Old Men” and part “Fight Club” in Variety.

According to the magazine, the movie follows the story of “a cash-strapped family man who competes in the Donnybrook, ‘a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.’”

Stars of the movie, according to Flo Grace, a Los Angeles publicist for the film, include:

  • Frank Grillo ("Captain America" and "The Purge")
  • Margaret Qualley ("Novitiate" and "The Nice Guys")
  • James Badge Dale ("Only the Brave" and "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi")
  • Jamie Bell ("Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" and "Tin Tin"

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