Arthouse Hotel: What’s On Guide to Liverpool in July

If you are planning on visiting Liverpool in July book your stay at Arthouse Hotel to be close to all the action taking place this month. From awesome movie nights to free city festivals it’s all going on and we have rounded up the best of it right here.

Independents Week

When: 3rd – 9th July

We really support our independent retailers in Liverpool and to start July off there will be a celebration across the city in recognition of the independents of Liverpool and their businesses.

A city-wide event that brings our independent traders the recognition they deserve, residents and visitors alike can make their way to a number of events taking place across the city.

What’s more, participating vendors have come up with great discounts and offers so that everyone can afford to experience the quality of Liverpool’s homegrown businesses. Check them out here.

Just a few minutes’ walk from Arthouse Hotel and our guests can join in the culmination of Independents Week as Bold Street becomes a free festival of food, drink, arts and crafts. A place perfect for getting a true taste of what makes Liverpool such an amazing place to work, live and visit.

Big Lebowski Movie Night

When: 5th July

source; www.nwfilm.org

The hotly anticipated opening of Baltic Market has been and gone and now we can begin to enjoy all the wonderful things we can take home in our baskets and the spectacular events due to be hosted there.

This Wednesday we can look forward to the first of many movie nights in Baltic Market and they’ve picked a true classic cult movie as their opening film.

Fans of The Big Lebowski can join others at Baltic Market drinking white Russians and eating delicious food from the independent vendors, all whilst watching the hit movie on the big screen.

Magic Mike

When: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Back by popular demand, our Magic Mike act has been booked at Arthouse all month long.

That’s right ladies, get your girlies together for a night of muscle mayhem to watch our boys bring the hit movie Magic Mike to life.

Get in on this weekly action and make the most of your visit to Liverpool in July with your friends.

Brazilica

When: 14th – 16th July

source: Brazilica Festival Facebook

Painting the city multi-coloured for three days in July is the Brazilica Festival, the UL’s very first Brazilian festival now in its 10th year.

Join the crowds and shimmy your way across Liverpool to the sounds of samba, enjoy live music from bands and DJ’s who are visiting Liverpool from all over the world.

Brazilica Festival is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and makes for an amazing city break to Liverpool in July.

LIMF (Liverpool International Music Festival)

When: 20th – 23RD July

source: www.aaaliverpool.co.uk

In a city that is known for producing excellent standards of musical talent, Liverpool hosts a staggering number of live music events throughout the year.

None are as highly anticipated as LIMF a superb three-day celebration of amazing music hosted in the beautiful Sefton Park.

In the spirit of Liverpool’s well-known charity and generosity the festival is completely free to attend and this year the line-up packed with bands who started their careers out in the city bars and clubs.

Come along and see the Tea Street Band four lads from Liverpool who have a decidedly unique and alternative sound. Or how’s about She Drew the Gun who’ve just returned from performing on the Park Stage at Glastonbury, this amazingly talented four pieces also hail from the banks of the Mersey and are making waves in the music industry.

LIMF is the perfect place to enjoy fresh new music with a fabulous selection of local Liverpool food and drink vendors making an appearance too.

Make sure you and your friends visit Liverpool in July for one or all of these amazing city events.

Come and see what it is that makes Liverpool the most exciting city in the UK to visit and stay at Arthouse Hotel by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Date Night Offers & Samba Dancing on Seel Street

That special evening that comes just once or twice a month is upon you. Date night has arrived and you haven’t planned a thing! Relax and check out this amazing stay and dine offer for a fun and flirty date night in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel.

Ideal date night location

Arthouse Hotel is perfectly situated for an unbelievable date night in Liverpool being surrounded by all the cities top bars, restaurants and clubs.

Alma de Cuba Dancers - date night in Liverpool

Step outside the hotel onto Seel Street, lined with exciting nightlife venues including the Latin-inspired Alma de Cuba, the laid back and trendy Heebie Jeebies and the Japanese influence cocktail bar Blind Tiger.

date night in Liverpool at Blind Tiger

source: www.blindtigerliverpool.com

If your date likes to dance this is an area of Liverpool that never sleeps and the weekend never stops.

The best memories of nights out in Liverpool are made in the Ropewalks district. Whether you’re here on a Thursday night or a Sunday evening, there’s plenty to keep you entertained all night long.

Fun film themed accommodation

An easy theme for date night in Liverpool, spoil you partner to a night in a hotel room themed with their favourite movie in mind.

Chose from the nail-biting thrillers like Hitchcock’s ‘Birds‘ or the musical mastery of ‘Mary Poppins‘. If neither of these is up your alley then try our Warhol floor with hotel rooms themed around the controversial artist’s most celebrated work.

All the rooms in Arthouse Hotel have the characteristic Signature Living style of decor. The extravagant, eye-catching and unexpected details in each hotel room are enough to make any date night in Liverpool unforgettable.

Arthouse double whirlpool bath ensuite - date night in Liverpool

Stylish ensuite bathrooms with indulgent double whirlpool baths and captivating artwork adorn Arthouse’s city centre hotel rooms. With no two suites, the same you and your partner can make your choice to suit your tastes.

Delicious food to share

There’s something special about being able to share your food with your date. We always taste each other’s dishes or wish we had what the other was eating so why not just share your entire meal with your date instead.

This is the beauty of spending your date night in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel. Our stay and dine offer extends from a terrific meal for two, and includes your marvellous movie themed accommodation and breakfast the following day.

The menu at Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria is made up of flick themed snacks including, movie themed pizzas named ‘Some Like it Hot’ and gourmet foot long hot dogs with toppings like chorizo and roasted peppers. Both perfect for sharing.

If you are still peckish after your night out in Liverpool then fear not as they even do small snacks such as nachos or uniquely flavoured popcorns.

nachos for a date night in Liverpool

Take advantage of this amazing offer for two at Arthouse Hotel and resurrect what might have been an otherwise uneventful date night.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and check out what else we can offer to make your date night in Liverpool extra special at Arthouse Hotel.

25 Magical Marilyn Monroe Moments

At Arthouse Hotel, one of our favourite rooms is our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room, based on Andy Warhol’s infamous art piece ‘Marilyn Diptych’.

Actress, model and timeless sex symbol of the 1950s, Monroe is remembered best for her iconic glamour and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time.

But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress that shone through cinema screens and lit up the stage.

Elusive, modest, and on perpetually in search of love, Norma Jeane, as Monroe was formerly known, was shy, smart and desperate to start a family of her own – a far cry from the sensationalised headlines.

So to celebrate the magic and mystery of the ultimate blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of Marilyn moments, featuring the best Marilyn Monroe photographs along with captivating stories and facts.

Marilyn reading in Griffith Park in 1950

Though Hollywood headlines and 50s movies portrayed Marilyn as a “dumb blonde”, the striking star owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader.

Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

Marilyn leading the way for ladies in denim

A day spent as just another working girl

Marilyn’s business partner and adviser wanted to re-shape her image with this unusual approach to photographing the star.

It was impossible for Monroe to take public transport without being recognised, so Greene felt the shoot would humanise Monroe, portraying her as an everyday working girl.

Marilyn On set for The Misfits (1961)

The romance of “the Egghead and the Hourglass”

In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Marilyn was simply a muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller once wrote, ““She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

Monroe wore Chanel No.5 long before we did

Capturing the essence of Marilyn Monroe as the public knew her, this iconic photograph of the actress applying Chanel No.5. was taken at the Abassador Hotel in New York.

On set of The River of No Return (1954) in Canada

Love before the bright lights of Hollywood

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love.”

“I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

Gazing from The Ambassador Hotel

Making friends on the way to hair & makeup

One of a collection of photographs put up for auction by Monroe’s makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder, this fantastic shot captures Monroe stopping off to pose with bears in Canada.

Marilyn was on her way to hair and make up when the photograph was taken, though she typically avoided having her picture taken without makeup.

And some more friends on the USS Benham (1951)

A Superstar Marriage to Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later.

DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

An intimate moment between Monroe and Miller

Norma Jean shooting a rifle

In contrast to Marilyn’s glamorous public image, this photograph thought to have been taken in the 1940s shows a young Marilyn, or Norma Jean, shooting a rifle!

Marilyn dances with friends

Happy Birthday, Mr President

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic dresses of all time, Marilyn’s breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy was truly one of a kind. From Monroe’s sultry lyrical adaptation to her skintight rhinestone dress, it was enough to send the press into a frenzy.

JFK and Monroe embarked on a adulterous affair, supposedly leaving Marilyn heartbroken. The President had reportedly told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had even expressed to friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

Marilyn Monroe with an F-84G in Korea

In Bed with Marilyn Monroe

Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland’s career spiralled to success following an intimate photoshoot with a reluctant Elizabeth Taylor.

It was this success that led him to Look Magazine’s 25th anniversary issue, climbing into bed with Marilyn Monroe herself.

Marilyn took control of the shoot herself, telling Kirkland, ‘I know what we need. We need a bed, and we need white silk sheets – they must be silk. Frank Sinatra records and Dom Pérignon champagne.’

Marilyn at Hollywood Entertainers Baseball Game (1952)

Marilyn entertaining troops in Korea (1954)

On February 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled, ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.’.

Sherman added, ‘It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.’

Marilyn’s final photoshoot by close friend George Barris

Marilyn and Frank Sinatra admire a polaroid (1961)

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. It is believed that in 1961 Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It is reported that Sinatra expressed desires to marry Marilyn, who declined the proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their relationship and would have been together again had she not passed away.

A young Norma Jean Baker

The famous white bathing suit

Arguably the most famous swimsuit photo shoot of all time, Marilyn’s classic white swimsuit has truly proved to be timeless.

Gleaming with confidence, the timeless collection of photographs have inspired generations of women to embrace their bodies and showcase their curves.

And lastly, the most memorable ‘Marilyn Monroe moment’….

We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best photos of Marilyn Monroe from over the years.

And if you’re as fascinated by the blonde bombshell as we are, we’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.

To enquire further or to book your stay in the heart of Liverpool, simply give our team a call on 0151 601 8801. 

 

 

 

The Andy Warhol Selfie Worth £7 Million Selling at Sotheby’s

Leading a revolution of artistic discovery in the early sixties, Warhol was ahead of the times when it came to the commerciality of celebrity.

He notably predicted the selfie culture and social media society we live in today with his coined phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.

If Warhol were around today there is no doubt he would be a shining star of social media, and would certainly own a selfie stick or two.

£7 Million Selfie

£7 million selfie - Andy Warhol

source: The Guardian

Warhol’s first self-portrait, taken in 1963, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London on 28th June.

The piece has remained part of a private collection since the 1980’s and will now go under the hammer expecting to fetch in excess of £7 million.

Warhol’s Image

 

Andy Warhol’s image, his style and attitude, played a huge part in his fame. Attracting the crowds of rich and famous personalities that were forever in his orbit.

Surrounded by drag queens, actors, muses and models, Warhol was never short of a face to paint and often his work depicted the mood of society or his own feelings towards the cultures of the time.

Lisa Minnelli and Andy Warhol

source: www.tmlarts.com

His most famous images are portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor.

But when it came to his own portrait it is said that he struggled with the idea of his mortality and that of others around him and wished to convey his thoughts and feelings through his work.

With Monroe’s portrait, for example, it is understood that the fade from vivid colour to almost nothing was depicting society forgetting her but never her everlasting image.

Marilyn Monroe Warhol

source; www.bbc.co.uk

Andy Warhol’s own prophetic worry about mortality came true when an activist made an attempt on his life.

We Are All Equal

The fact that this £7 million image of Andy Warhol was taken in a “dime store” photo booth has been said to reflect the artists feeling that the human race is equal.

No matter what, certain things will happen to us all.

Be it the big things in life such as birth and death and the smaller things such as having to get your photo taken in a photo booth. This levelling act that almost everyone must take sums up Warhol’s aesthetic in a simple strip of small images.

Andy Warhol selfie

source: www.artselfiemuseum.altervista.org

A great democratiser who believed that we are all the same, Warhol stripped back the glamour of celebrity to reveal it for nothing more than commodity.

Even still Warhol couldn’t get enough of the celebrity lifestyle and his followers, clients and customers loved his approach to creating art.

Like with everything Warhol did, the £7 million selfie is an icon of today’s society. The fact that it was taken nearly 50 years prior to Instagram being launched simply highlights the accuracy of Warhol’s earliest insights.

The Warhol Floor at Arthouse

Come and snap a few selfies of your own in one of the stunning Warhol-themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Pucker up in Lips a bright and colourful dedication to one of Warhol’s simplest yet most powerful pieces of art.

Lips room Arthouse

Or if you fancy your “15 minutes of Fame” get them in the room themed around Warhol’s own world-renowned phrase.

Famous for 15 minutes room Arthouse hotel

This fabulous Liverpool hotel floor has been decorated to reflect the wonderfully artistic character and quirky style of Andy Warhol.

Furnished to the high standards expected of a modern hotel room, with some unexpected surprises too.

Book your stay mid-week and take advantage of these amazing hotel offers or simply email info@signatureliving.co.uk or call 0151 601 8801 and arrange your stay today.

5 Steps to the Best Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, so this Father’s Day why not surprise him with a gift that’s a little different. Forget the usual pair of socks or jazzy tie he’ll never wear, instead take him out for a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at the Arthouse Hotel.

Follow these 5 easy steps and your Dad is sure to have the best Father’s Day yet.

Book a Stay in our Movie-Themed Hotel

Is your Dad a film fanatic? If so, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a wonderful movie-themed Father’s Day.

Each room in our unique hotel is inspired by a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other. From Hitchcock to Warhol, whatever your Dad’s favourite film, you’re sure to find a room that suites him.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel we offer a range of different offers to suit everyone’s needs, from Stay and Play deals that include a mini ping pong session to discounts on Sunday check ins, we’ll find an offer to suit you.

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

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Have a Sunday Lunch to Remember

If you’re feeling peckish, why not feast on a special Father’s Day Sunday Roast.

Loads of restaurants across Liverpool offer tasty Sunday lunches, but, arguably one of the best comes from Alma de Cuba. Just a short walk from the Arthouse, this former Catholic Church is one of the most breath-taking buildings in Liverpool.

The vibrant restaurant and bar is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building and features an original alter and beautiful chandeliers, making it the perfect backdrop for a hearty family Sunday roast.

Plus, Alma are doing a special ‘dads eat free’ offer just for Father’s Day. For every table booked, one dad will eat completely free!

Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s sure to be very popular!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Alma de Cuba

Go on a Themed Tour of Liverpool

After both you and your Dad have refuelled, it’s time to take a tour of this great city.

There are several different themed tours you can enjoy, from football stadium visits and musical delights, to Beatles-mania and cultural sightseeing. There’s something for every Dad.

The Shankly Hotel offer a range of football themed tours that all centre around the famous footballing legend Bill Shankly. Choose from the ‘Liverpool was made for me’ tour that includes a visit to Anfield Stadium and Shankly’s favourite places in Liverpool, to the Fab Four and Shanks tour that incorporates some of the most interesting places both the great man and the Beatles frequented.

Or if you prefer something a bit different you can experience the Beatles magical mystery tour or take a thrilling trip on the Liverpool city sights open top bus!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Bill Shankly

Head Out for a Few Drinks

The Arthouse Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant bar scene and so the choice of destinations to buy your Dad a pint is endless.

A walk down the trendy Ropewalks area will take you past Salt Dogs, Brooklyn Mixer, the Peacock and Heebie Jeebies to name but a few.

Why not treat your Dad to a free beer at Slims Pork Chop express as they are giving out free boilermakers, a PBR and American whiskey, to all Father’s on the special day.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

End the Day with Pizza and Beer

After a jammed packed Sunday filled with great food, quality memories and the best of Liverpool’s culture you’ll be in need of a rest.

Head to the Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria for a unique film-themed pizza, a great movie and an early night in your beautiful suite.

Enjoy the amazing surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas all with a movie-themed twist.

Choose from Some Like It Hot with chilli and pepperoni to the Margherita Hayworth which as you may have guessed is cheese and tomato. Or feast on the Casablanca, topped with artichoke, olive, roast pepper and rocket.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with our amazing selection of beers, cocktails and wines.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

To book your perfect Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel and prove to your Dad how much he means to you, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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

Spooky Facts You Didn’t Know About Hitchcock’s The Birds

Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.

One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.

The Birds

With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.

At the Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is way we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.

To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.

It was Loosely Based on a Daphne Du Maurier Book 

The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.

The Birds

Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper

In 1961 Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.

Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before

Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.

Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th

She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss film, but rather food, travel and wine.

The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score 

Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.

The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines

They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.

The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted 

Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.

Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds

The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.

Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real

Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.

The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey

During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.

The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets

Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.

Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming

They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away and to give the scene more of a manic feel.

Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother

Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.

The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren

She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up.

The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots

On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.

One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot 

The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on scree. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.

Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week

She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.

Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes 

Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.

Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over

When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.

The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience 

The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.

Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son 

In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.

It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time

By a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.

The Birds Themed Hotel Room

If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.

Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent room dedicated to The Birds.

The Birds room at the Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.

The Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife.

There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.

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

Behind The Scenes of The Sound of Music

Discover the best behind the scenes photographs from The Sound of Music along with heartwarming, hilarious facts.

The Sound of Music (1965) is undoubtedly one of the best-loved and most timeless movies of all time.

And at Liverpool’s Arthouse Hotel, we’ve captured the very essence of the classic with our fabulous Sound of Music themed hotel room.

Join us on this nostalgic look back at the film that truly brought the hills alive with the Sound of Music!

Julie Andrews almost wasn’t Maria von Trapp

Though we can’t imagine anyone else twirling over the mountains, the truth behind the scenes is that Julie Andrews very nearly missed out on bringing Maria von Trapp to life.

Whilst director Robert Wise affirmed that his heart was set on Andrews, it has been reported that Shirley Jones, Doris Day, and Anne Bancroft were considered for the part.

And despite Wise’s eagerness, Andrews herself almost turned the part down. The young star worried that the role would be too similar to Mary Poppins (1964)

There “should have” been a romance…

It’s safe to say that the sparks between Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on-screen may not have required too much acting after all!

Both Andrews and Plummer confessed to having a soft spot for each other while filming The Sound of Music, with Plummer describing working with Julie Andrews as like “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card”.

The flirtatious pair remain close friends to this day and insist that their feelings never amounted to anything more than a friendship. Whether that’s true or not, their connection has certainly lasted the decades.

Plummer told ABC News:

“We should have ended up together. We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, it was most inconvenient”.

Kim Karath didn’t really climb the mountain

The adorable Kym Karath wasn’t actually sat on the Captain’s shoulders for the infamous mountain scene.

Plummer found Karath too heavy to carry and requested a stunt double while climbing the mountain.

Ironically, Plummer had put on weight during filming himself – the director’s even had to alter his clothes!

Christopher Plummer wasn’t exactly a fan

In fact, Christopher Plummer’s weight again whilst filming wasn’t for the reason you may think.

Though we suspect there was plenty of fun on set, Plummer was unhappy with various aspects of the film, particularly being asked to sing “Edelweiss”.

Plummer admitted that he indulged in plenty of comfort eating and excessive drinking during this period, and was even drunk when they filmed the music festival scene.

Though the film went on to become iconic, Plummer recalls disliking filming so much that he would refer to the movie as “The Sound of Mucus”.

Meanwhile, Julie Andrews was a fan of her wardobe

Unsurprisingly, showcasing the Sound of Music wedding dress definitely wasn’t a chore.

In fact, the stunning dress chosen for Maria von Trapp’s big day was a hit with Julie Andrews herself.

The classic gown was designed by Dorothy Jacobs, a renowned costume designer at the time.

Equipped with visible water stains, the iconic dress later sold at auction for $23,040.

“That dress was exquisite,” Andrews recalled.

Filming began tucked up in bed

On their first day of filming, Julie Andrews and the children shot the bedroom scene, in which Andrews sang the timeless “My Favourite Things”.

We can’t think of a better way to spend the working day!

Mary Poppins may have made an appearance or two

Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964) hadn’t been released when filming for The Sound of Music began.

Julie Andrews would keep the children entertained with renditions of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on set, yet they hadn’t heard the song before.

Later becoming one of the most memorable songs of all time, the children had assumed that Andrews thought up the song herself just for them!

Dinner was served in style

While films don’t always use real place settings and food for meal scenes, The Sound of Music definitely did.

When the children are first introduced to Maria over dinner, real place settings and food filled the table!

The Sound of Music cast found themselves in deep water!

The Sound of Music cast may not have anticipated being hosed down time and time again, but that was what happened!

The tuneful bunch had to be hosed down in order to maintain looking the soaking wet look from falling into the water.

Julie Andrews and Kym Karath also landed themselves in deep water with the boat scene. On the second take, the boat tipped, sending Andrews one way into the water and Karath the other.

Andrews was responsible for catching Karath (who couldn’t swim) but on this occasion, Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) had to take control!

The Sound of Music was chosen to boost morale

 

One of the most unlikely facts about The Sound of Music links back to the Cold War.

The same way that The Sound of Music was awarded an impressive five Oscars, the BBC were busy building a nuclear bunker.

In an era filled with Cold War anxieties and paranoia, it’s easy to see why this slightly bizarre decision was being made!

Television execs picked the uplifting musical to be broadcast as part of 100 days of television showings if a nuclear strike should hit.#

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer just couldn’t stop laughing

This scene may look seriously heartfelt, but behind the scenes this particular duo were in fits of laughter.

Behind the camera, the famous kiss between Maria and the Captain in the gazebo was a far cry from intense…

Both Andrews and Plummer couldn’t seem to shake the giggles as they sang close to each other’s faces.

Andrews recalls:

“Chris and I were standing very close. We were face to face, about an inch away from each other, looking into each others eyes. We were just getting to the point where we would say ‘I love you’ or we’d start kissing… and then those old arc lights would let out a loud ‘raspberry!’ It was like a comment on our scene! Well, Chris and I would start laughing. We couldn’t help it. Then we’d go back to the scene again, and those lights would start groaning at us again! Our giggling got even worse. In fact it got to the point where we couldn’t get through the scene!”

Director Robert Wise found himself with little choice but to film the scene in silhouette, concealing the laughter behind that passionate kiss!

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