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Dr Dolittle Voyage to Kirkby Lonsdale

Filming for a major new movie took place around The Royal Hotel in Kirkby Lonsdale earlier in the month (May 18).

A chase scene for The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr and Antonio Banderas, plus the voices of stars such as Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Selena Gomez as computer-generated imagery (CGI) characters, was shot in the town between May 15 and 17.

Said general manager of The Royal Hotel, Damian Atkins: “The front of the hotel was modified for the filming with all the modern light fittings, hanging baskets and signage taken down or covered up to give the building a more period appearance. Filming took place around the Market Square and there was a fake wall across The Royal’s cobbled access lane.

“We were delighted to be involved and are looking forward to seeing behind the scenes and hope The Royal will be featured in this major new CGI film, which is due for release in April 2019.”


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