What’s on Arthouse: Liverpool Events taking place in June

The city of Liverpool is an exciting place to be any time of year, but during the summer the city comes alive with music and festivals for people of all ages. There are some amazing Liverpool events taking place in June and we’ve lined up a guide to some of the best right here for our guests.

Make the most of your stay at Arthouse Hotel and see if there’s an event below that’s right up your street.

Plantation OFTD Cocktail Competition

Where: Maya

Where: 6th June

Maya cocktail competition

source; Maya Facebook

Travelling the UK  are a company celebrating the launch of a new naval overproof rum, Plantation OFTD.

Makers Identity Drinks are visiting the top bars across the UK, to source out the best and most talented cocktail mixologists of the realm.

Contestants are challenged to create a classic Zombie and their own unique cocktail concoction using Plantation OFTD.

Make your way to Maya to check out the action and perhaps be in with the chance to taste some professionally made Zombie’s or a new and delicious drink sensation made by the fair hands of those competing.

Winners of the heat will be invited to London later in the year to compete against others from around the country.

Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae

Where: Baltic Triangle

When: 9th-10th June

Positive Vibrations Reggae Festival

source; Positive Vibrations – Reggae Festival Facebook

Celebrate the sunshine with a festival that promotes positivity and cultural appreciation at the Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae this June at Constellations.

This wonderful family friendly event welcomes visitors to sample the delights of Carribean food and drink, as well as arts and crafts workshops in an effort educate people on the beauty of Jamaican and Carribean culture.

Live reggae music and a host of respected DJ’s will provide the soundtrack for the weekend so you can dance the days away, whilst admiring collections of artwork from The Art of Reggae Exhibition or brushing up on your Capoeira skills.

Anime and Gaming Comic-Con

Where: Holiday Inn

When: 10th June

Liverpool - Anime and Gaming Comic con

source; www.itsliverpool.com

Get ready for one of the most exciting of Liverpool events taking place in June as the streets of Liverpool will soon be filled with crowds of Cosplayers.

All of whom will be dressed to impress at the Liverpool Anime and Gaming Comic-Con and you could be among them.

Arthouse Hotel is within a short walking distance of this year’s chosen venue and your and your friends can stay and get ready together in your stunning movie themed hotel room.

Dress up in your favourite Amine, gaming or comic character attire and enter Sunday’s Cosplay Masquerade contest with a chance of winning £100.

Join in workshops, comic talks and meet your favourite Anime and comic artists in attendance selling individual pieces of their work.

When the convention is over head out on the town and continue the fun with all your new Cosplay friends.

A Disc Jockey Cavalcade In Aid Of South Liverpool Foodbank

Where: Buyers Club

When: 15th June

Buyers Club - South Liverpool Food Bank

source; Buyers Club Facebook

Bringing together the greatest musical talent in the city for an amazing cause the Sound of Music has organised one amazing and unmissable event at Buyers Club this June which invites attendees to witness a gathering of the finest DJ’s performing in aid of South Liverpool Foodbank.

Either pay your £5 admittance fee or bring along £5 worth of non-perishable groceries to support the cause.

This event allows you to be responsible for your local social economy whilst enjoying an unforgettable music experience in one of Liverpool’ s leading social venues.

Russel Brand Re: Birth Tour – Liverpool

When: Echo Arena

Where: 24th June

Russel Brand Re: Birth Tour Liverpool

source; SeeTicket Facebook

Controversial comic talent, Russell Brand will be gracing Liverpool with his presence in an extra added tour date to his latest stand-up show.

Bringing to audiences his views on parenthood troubles and shining some light on the concerns we all have as new mothers and fathers.

In his show, Russell will be unravelling the current complexities of social media influence, politics, life and death as he enters into a new stage of his own life as a father.

Be prepared to laugh, gasp and maybe even cry as the comical genius of Russell Brand takes to the stage at the Echo Arena.

Staying at Arthouse Hotel in June

Arthouse - Liverpool movie themed hotel room

With so many amazing Liverpool events taking place in June Arthouse Hotel is the ideal Liverpool group accommodation to enjoy them from.

Book your stay in one of our incredible movie themed hotel rooms for your visit to any of these spectacular Liverpool events and make this summer one to remember at Arthouse Hotel.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book or ask for further details.

A Magical Weekend Stay at Our Movie Themed Hotel in Liverpool

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of film at the Arthouse with a weekend stay at our movie themed hotel in Liverpool.

If you’re a film fanatic, or maybe you know someone who is, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a great night out in the city or just sit back and relax with a classic movie in stunning surroundings.

Each room in our unique hotel is themed around a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical hotel.

Weekend Stay at our Movie Themed Hotel

The Rooms

At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind, from musicals to thrillers, there’s something for everyone.

The first floor is for iconic musical movies such as Grease, Mary Poppins and Chicago, delve into the glorious world of the T-birds and Pink Lady’s at Rydell High or test out your tap dancing with Bert and Mary.

On the next floor you enter a haven for horror fans, with rooms based around Hitchcock’s thrillers Vertigo, The Birds, Suspicion and many more.

Finally, the third-floor rooms are inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.

Whether you enjoy a musical singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.

Magical Musicals

Are you fan of classic musicals? Well we are sure to have a room that suits you down to the ground.

From beautiful tributes to the amazing Sound of Music, to suites dedicated to Grease, the classic Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and the magical technicolour Wizard of Oz, our hotel has music running through its veins.

Perhaps you like a bit of razzle dazzle, our beautiful Chicago themed room will have you feeling as glamorous as the notorious Roxie Hart, or why not transport yourself into one of the greatest musicals of all time, the stunning Phantom of the Opera.

Our magical musical suites will have you tap dancing down the hallways.

Beatles Mania

Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel Liverpool

It wouldn’t be a themed hotel in Liverpool without a nod to the fab four, so it felt only right to dedicate one suite to John Lennon and one to the animated musical comedy Yellow Submarine.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover, the spectacular Lennon room encapsulates the creativity of Warhol that the world fell in love with.

Be transported to the infamous yellow submarine and recall the story of The Beatles’ submarine journey as they travel to save “Pepperland” and its Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Blue Meanies.

For Horror Fans

The perfect hotel for fans of classic horror films, at the Arthouse we have a whole floor dedicated to ‘The Master of Suspense’, Alfred Hitchcock.

From rooms focused around the infamous Notorious to a stunning tribute to The Birds, you’re sure to have a frightful night.

Maybe less of a stereotypical horror film, the Rocky Horror Show room echoes the extravagance and darkness of the iconic movie.

Our fantastic room invites up to six guests to step into a time warp, to celebrate the brilliance of this musical, comedy and horror film directed by Jim Sharman.

Wonderful Warhol

Last but certainly not least are the glamorous and colourful Andy Warhol rooms.

You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous ‘15 minutes of fame‘ quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.

Weekends at the Arthouse

Whether you fancy a trip down the Yellow Brick Road or a visit to the wacky world of Rocky Horror, there’s truly something for everyone at Arthouse Hotel.

Rich crushed velvet covers and intricate interior make a stay at Arthouse Hotel truly something else. Our rooms feature deluxe interior features, luxury beds and glistening whirlpool baths.

Perfect for a weekend stay in Liverpool with the girls or a getaway with the lads, the layout of our hotel rooms offers sociable and spacious group accommodation.

Have an Ultimate Friday in Liverpool

Celebrate the weekend in style with your girls or boys on a Friday night you’ll remember forever.

Enjoy a luxury overnight stay in one of our fabulous themed suites, a delicious breakfast in the morning and two-course dinner.

If you’re heading on a night out, you can choose between a booth in either Bar Signature or Noctua with £25pp, with added extras including pampering and party bonuses.

This fun Friday offer is just £99 per person, with a minimum of four guests.

Stay and Play

Enjoy the amazing movie themed surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas and jumbo hot dogs or for something different, why not test your skill at table tennis?

For weekend stays this offer is £20pp for Fridays and £35pp on Saturdays.

The Perfect Location

Arthouse Hotel is tucked away behind the best bars and restaurants in Liverpool. You’ll be right in the heart of the city, with just the right amount of quiet.

Everything you could wish for is right on your doorstep, from leading nightlife spot Seel Street to independent shopping and dining hub Bold Street.

Many of the most famous landmarks in Liverpool are only a short walk from Arthouse Hotel, so you can explore everything from the Anglican Cathedral to the infamous St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay today.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic 50’s high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

Grease film facts

Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held back a few years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The facade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the field is John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her strands dark brown.

Originally Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and almost camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.

Open MIC Nights at the Arthouse Hotel

When: Every Thursday 9pm-1am

Where: The Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria 

For musicians who are just starting out, have new material or just want to get themselves heard, open mic nights are the perfect opportunity. Not only do you get to perform on a stage in front of a guaranteed audience, you are introduced to the local music scene and have the chance to make a name for yourself.

Liverpool is a city that is alive with music and there’s no doubt about it, the pool of talent in this city runs deep and shows no sign of slowing down.

Every Thursday at the Arthouse Hotel we celebrate this wealth of homegrown talent with our famous open mic nights hosted by Joel Valentine.

Join us for an evening of great music as unknown musicians from across Liverpool gather together to perform an eclectic mix of genres, covers and their own work.

Who knows you could be a part of the first audience to witness a new star being born!

Open mic nights

The Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria

Fast becoming the go-to place on the Liverpool nightlife scene, the Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria is a unique venue at the heart of the city centre and the perfect environment to listen to some great new music.

So sit back and take in some of the best musicians in Liverpool whilst you tuck into some tasty pizzas and hotdogs, peruse our movie-inspired cocktail list or choose from an extensive quirky drinks list.

Why not book a stay at the Arthouse Hotel?

If you’re tired after a long night of brilliant music, why not book out a room at the Arthouse Hotel, just next door to the bar.

Themed around classic films and stars of the silver screen, The Arthouse Hotel is a truly magical place to rest your head.

Find yourself transported into the wonderful world of movies, with amazing themed rooms and suites that feature double jacuzzi baths, large flat screen TV’s and Bluetooth multimedia sound systems to keep the music coming all night long.

Whether you fancy a trip down the Yellow Brick Road, a visit to the wacky world of Rocky Horror or stick with the music theme in the John Lennon suite, the Arthouse has something for everyone.

Call and book your stay at Arthouse Hotel on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

More Than An Artist – Andy Warhol

Everyone has heard of Andy Warhol as the artist and father of popular culture, but what you might not know is he also directed several remarkable films. Now considered avant-garde cinema classics, Warhol’s repertoire stretches over 60 films, 2000 videos and 500 short black and white ‘screen test’ portraits of his friends and ‘muses’.

Warhol was celebrated throughout the art world as an innovator. He masterfully mixed artistic expression with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising to create iconic prints and paintings of American popular culture such as Campbell’s soup tins and Coca-Cola bottles. He was also renowned for his portrait collection which feature vivid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley and many more. His vast body of work, controversial themes and ability to work across a wide range of media has made him one of the most well-known artists in the world.

More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.

Andy Warhol

All About Andy

Andy Warhol was a leading painter, film-maker, author and the principal figure in the Pop Art movement. Born Andrew Warhola, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his parents who were Slovakian immigrants. His father, Ondrej Warhola, was a construction worker, while his mother, Julia Warhola, was an embroiderer. They were devout Byzantine Catholics who maintained much of their Slovakian culture and heritage while living in one of Pittsburgh’s Eastern European ethnic enclaves.

His mother was a casual artist and encouraged Andy’s artistic urges by giving him his first camera when he was just nine years old.

Whilst growing up Warhol was known to suffer from a nervous disorder that would force him to stay at home for long periods of time, during these spells he would listen to the radio and collect pictures of movie stars. It was this exposure to current events at a young age that he later said shaped his obsession with pop culture and celebrities.

Andy Warhol

After completing his pictorial design course at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Andy Warhola moved to New York City in 1949 and changed his name to Warhol.

He initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator for a range of magazines, designed advertising and dressed window displays. However, after exhibiting his experimental artwork in several galleries in the late 1950’s, Warhol began to receive recognition as both an influential and controversial artist. In 1952, he exhibited ‘Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote’ in his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery in New York.

In 1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art”—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. These featured the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, which created a major stir in the art world. It was this that brought both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.

He went on to produce a series of portraits which quickly gained fame and notoriety and he began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities. From this moment his career took off, and he never looked back.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn

The Factory

Between 1963 and 1968, Warhol began dedicating most of his time to directing films. Working from his unique silver and foil-draped studio nicknamed The Factory, located at 231 East 47th Street, Warhol embraced this new world of the moving picture.

The Factory quickly became one of New York City’s premier cultural hot spots, a scene of lavish parties attended by the city’s wealthiest socialites and celebrities. It was a meeting place for young artists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, playwrights and the perfect place for Warhol to capture the scenes he needed.

Many of Warhol’s circle of friends feature in his films and videos such as Jack Smith, Jill Johnson, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Gerard Malanga and Taylor Mead.

Andy Warhol at The Factory

It was during this time that Warhol famously prophesied that; “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes. This theme is particularly poignant in our time, so much so that one of the luxury suites in the Arthouse Hotel has been dedicated to this iconic statement.

Avant-garde Classics

His films have been highly regarded for their radical expressions and vast separation from conventional cinema. With works such as Eat (1964), a 45 minute depiction of a man eating mushrooms, Empire (1964), his notorious eight-hour film of the Empire State Building, My Hustler (1965), a social comedy about gay life on Fire Island, and Kiss (1964), a 50 minute film made up of various clips of couples kissing, Warhol redefined the film-going experience for a wide range of audiences and attracted serious critical attention and publicity.

Andy Warhol

One of his most famous films, Sleep, was released in 1963 with a running time of 521 minutes and consists of long take footage that shows Warhol’s friend John Giorno sleeping. To make the film, Warhol combined 22 shots, during each of which he homed in on different parts of Giorno’s body which creates a film based around the themes of obsession and the fascination of the observer.

But perhaps the most commercially successful movie he directed was Chelsea Girls, a classic which depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. The cast featured a whos-who of the select social circle Warhol referred to as ‘Superstars’, a group of people he used as muses for his artistic endeavours.  The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.

The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.

Andy Warhol at The Factory

The End of His Career

In 1968 Warhol’s thriving career almost ended. He was shot and seriously injured by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer and radical feminist, on June 3. Solanas had appeared in one of Warhol’s films and was reportedly upset with him over his refusal to use a script she had written.

After the shooting, Solanas was arrested and later pleaded guilty to the crime. Warhol spent weeks in a New York hospital recovering from his injuries and underwent several subsequent surgeries. As a result of the injuries he sustained, he had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.

This seriously affected Warhol and his ability to produce the art he wanted to, subsequently he became a very reclusive person and gave up his personal involvement in filmmaking altogether. This responsibility was given to Paul Morrissey, his assistant director. Morrissey steered the Warhol-branded cinema towards more mainstream, narrative-based movie themes with Flesh, Trash, and Heat. All of these films, including the later Andy Warhol’s Dracula and Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, were far more mainstream than anything Warhol as a director had attempted.

In his later life, Warhol suffered from chronic issues with his gall bladder. On February 20, 1987, he was admitted to New York Hospital where his gall bladder was successfully removed and he seemed to be recovering. However, days later he suffered complications that resulted in a sudden cardiac arrest and he died on February 22, 1987 at the age of 58.

The Warhol Floor

At the Arthouse Hotel we recognise the importance of great film and cinema, so we’ve styled our unique hotel around the most classic and iconic films of our time and one of our favourite avant-garde stars of all time is, of course, Andy Warhol.

You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous 15 minutes of fame quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.

With deluxe interior features, luxury beds,  rich crushed velvet covers and glistening whirlpool baths, you’ll soon feel right at home, with a sprinkle of extra movie magic!

The hotel also features its own film-themed pizzeria and bar that is decorated with screening snippets of movie masterpieces on the walls, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect treat for any film fanatic.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.

To book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie themed hotel call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk