The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.
Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.
The Best of The Greatest Showman
To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…
It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.
The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.
A Heartwarming Story
The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.
The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.
Celebrating Our Differences
Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.
Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!
The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack
The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.
The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.
Mulholland Bar & Restaurant
Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.
Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!
What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?
Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool
Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.
With their chrome counters, bubble-gum chewing waitresses and menus filled with classic American delights of key lime pie, fluffy pancakes and plenty of filter coffee, the diner is an icon of state-side culture.
Not unlike a British pub, the humble diner is a staple of American life. It’s no wonder they pop up in all genres of American movies from cult classics, to comedies and even our favourite rom-coms.
From the Frosty Palace in Grease to Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction, diners have been the backdrop for some of the most famous scenes in movie history. And with the opening of Arthouse’s new diner experience in the centre of Liverpool, we though we’d take a deep dive into some classic movie diners we all love seeing on-screen.
Open now, Mulholland offers a brand new singing waiter diner experience, where you can enjoy fantastic US-inspired food and drink with a musical accompaniment of all the best power ballads, movies hits and musical showstoppers. From indulgent milkshakes to rainbows nachos and sizzling hot-dogs, it’s the ultimate Hollywood hangout.
But to get you in the mood for some diner-excellence, let’s take a look at the most iconic burger joints in movie history. These are our favourite movie diners on screen…
Pulp Fiction’s Double Trouble Diners
Who hasn’t wished they could visit the fictional diner of Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction? With it’s slot car race tracks, classic-car shaped booths and waiting staff dressed as Hollywood stars, we all wanted to take Mia Wallace out for a meal at this “wax museum with a pulse” (Vincent’s words, not ours). And of course, it’s the location of that very famous dance…
But Slim’s wasn’t the only diner that made it into this cult classic. Who could forget the iconic opening (and closing) scenes set in a bog-standard US diner with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny? Tarantino’s love-letter to pop culture found the perfect setting to start the film inside America’s favourite dining establishment.
Rydell High students’ favourite out-of-school hangout might not have technically been a diner but we all still call it one. Officially a ‘malt shop’, this icy palace looked like a classic, old-school diner to the untrained eye, with its uniformed waitresses, 50s chromatic furnishings and menu of fries, shakes and burgers (always with not enough ketchup).
But whether a diner or not, it undoubtedly makes the list of the most famous movie diners on screen thanks to the iconic Beauty School Dropout musical number that took place within its tiled walls, as well as all the Sandy-Danny dates that went to disasterously wrong at its tables.
Call yourself a Grease mega-fan? Why not stay in Arthouse’s incredible Grease suite for a (summer) night you’ll never forget. Sleeping up to six guests, with luxurious amenities including kitchenette, large-screen TV and a Jacuzzi bath, you’ll have the chills and they’ll be multiplyin’ when you book this incredible movie suite in Liverpool’s city centre.
The Diner in The Big Lebowski that’s More Famous than the Film
You might recognize the movie diner spotted in The Big Lebowski – it’s a bit of a location star. Featuring in numerous mega movies, music videos and TV shows, including Reservoir Dogs, Gone in 60 Seconds and the video for Sean Kington’s top hit ‘Beautiful Girls’, it’s arguably had more success than most of the actors who’ve filmed inside it.
The diner was, at the time of filming The Big Lebowski, still an operating diner called Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant. Today, it’s only used as a filming location but you can still see visit the iconic exterior on Wilshire Boulevard in midtown Los Angeles.
Blade Runner’s Futuristic Food Establishment
Again, not a traditional diner, but the noodle bar in Blade Runner offers a 1980s interpretation of what an LA diner in 2019 might look like and it sure is iconic.
The cramped chrome-clad restaurant with its steaming bowls of broth and unsociable customers still provides weary travellers and hungry cliental the same classic American service that a traditional diner does – just with a significantly Japanese twist.
And anyway, it’s one of the best examples of the film’s incredible set design that looked seriously futuristic but still recognizable as downtown LA.
The Home-From-Home Diner in Pineapple Express
One of Hollywood’s best loved bromance comedies, Pineapple Express puts the American diner to good use in its closing scenes. Like all best friends, Dale, Saul and Red end the movie with a classic diner breakfast – eggs, bacon and plenty of coffee – while rehashing their action-packed night before.
There’s no fancy 50s-style thrills here – director David Gordon Green made sure the movie diner was a bog-standed US food stop, perfect for a greasy food fix after a night running away from mobsters and corrupt police officers.
The Notorious Goodfellas Diner
When Martin Scorsese was looking for a location to film his then titled ‘Wiseguy’, his eyes settled on a small, space-age style diner in Maspeth, Queens (New York City).
Then called the Clinton diner, it was owned by Dimitra and Michael Diamantis who were about to see their small establishment become a famous tourist hotspot, with avid fans including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Pierce Brosnan heading to the location to grab a selfie and experience the atmosphere.
The movie, of course, was the legendary Goodfellas, which filmed two of its most memorable scenes inside the diner, making the Diamanti’s family business one of the most famous diners in movie history. The famous phone-bashing scene was set at a phone booth outside the diner.
Lou’s Cafe in Back to the Future
Who could forgot Marty’s famous trip to Lou’s Café in Back to the Future? This perfect example of a 1955 diner was where Marty first realizes how different the past can be after attempting to order a Pepsi Free and being told by an irate server “You want a Pepsi, pal, you gotta pay for it”.
An integral location in the film, Lou’s is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie diners, with it’s minty colour scheme and retro interiors.
The History Behind American Diners
They’ve been a stable of American culture for over a generation, but did you know that the very first food diners had wheels?
The word diner can officially be defined (according to Webster’s Dictionary) as ‘a restaurant in the shape of a railroad car’, harking back to the origins of these classic US food-spots.
A classic 1950s diner in New Jersey. Credit: Wiki Commons | Jaboyce
Back in the 1800s, the first iteration of diners were called ‘lunch cars’ and we can thank Rhode Island’s Water Scott for their invention. Scott re-purposed a horse-pulled wagon into a cart that served sandwiches, coffee, pies and eggs to people heading home at night and his side-line hustle was so successful that he ended up quitting his day job to sell food from the wagon all-day, everyday. Soon, other companies followed suit.
Buoyed by the success of these businesses, T.H. Buckley from Massachusetts decided that manufacturing purpose-build ‘lunch cars’ was more profitable than doing the actual food selling. He started the Worcester Lunch Car Company which produced ‘dining cars’ fitted with basic stoves and an ice box for foodie entrepreneurs. Soon, these portable cars were popping up all over America, offering food to weary travellers and tired workers.
One of the classic Worcester Lunch Cars in Somerville, Massachusetts. Credit: Wiki Commons | Vistawhite
But as the number of lunch cars jumped higher, many towns and cities passed civil laws restricting their hours of operation. Attempting to loophole these restrictions, lunch car owners started permanently parking up their cars in busy locations and the diner as we know it was born.
By 1913, the idea was really starting to catch on and Jerry O’Mahoney established the first ever purpose-built stationary diner in the United States. He would go on to become the largest manufacturer of diners ever, producing a rumored 2,000 diners between 1917 and 1941 across the country.
As the years ticked by, the traditional diner became more and more extravagant and by the time the 1950s hit, the stream-lined silver space age carriages were all the range, cementing what we all now think of when someone says the word ‘diner’.
Visit the UK’s Only Singing Waiter Diner Today
To celebrate the launch of the UK’s only singing waiter diner at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering you the chance to get 50% off all food at the newly opened Mulholland bar for this month only!
Enjoy out-of-this-world milkshakes, Spice Girl-inspired pizzas, rainbow nachos and much, much more all for half price this October by showing this Facebook voucher on ordering.
A magical eating experience like no other in Liverpool, our musical-minded singing waiters will serenade you with classic ballads, musical showstoppers and movie top hits, transporting you straight to LA and the silver screen musical numbers we all love so much.
Make sure you’re following Mulholland on all our social media channels to keep updated on all the lastest news, competitions and offers from this incredible new eating experience. We’e hanging out on Facebook and Instagram. Be our guest and join us today at the brand-new Mulholland!
As the days get shorter, darkness descends earlier, the leaves change colour and the pumpkin emoji is in full force, Halloween lovers can begin to rejoice. That’s right, the spookiest time of the year is upon us and to celebrate we’ve put together a guide to some of the scariest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool.
From terrifying immersive screenings, to spine-tingling experiences with live music and lots of frights, these ghoulish films and gruesome TV shows are sure to have you jumping out of your seat. And don’t forget to book a stay in Liverpool’s movie-themed hotel for the ultimate Halloween celebration.
Watch Psycho with a Live Orchestra
When: 31 October
Where: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
If you’re looking for a Halloween cinema event that is sure to give you a fright, look no further than the Philharmonic’s screening of Psycho. The sinister motel, that strange young man, the sheer terror that lurks behind the shower curtain and the stabbing violins of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho have become the soundtrack to all our nightmares. Watch this classic Hitchcock Halloween horror film accompanied by a live orchestra that will really bring out Bernard Herrmann’s chilling music. Why not carry on the fun and book a stay in one of our Hitchcock rooms? From Pyscho, to The Birds, Suspicion and Stage Fright, there’s plenty of spooky themed rooms to enjoy.
Night at the Museum with Donnie Darko
When: 26 October
Where: British Music Experience
Enjoy one of the all-time great cult classics, Donnie Darko, in the British Music Experience after hours for the ultimate spooky experience. During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie sleepwalks out of his house one night and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness – or will the world really end? This chilling and mysterious film is the perfect celebration of Halloween, with an impressive soundtrack from Echo and the Bunnymen and Tears for Fears, prepare for your imagination to run away with you.
Get Scary with a Screening of The Ring
When: 31 October
Where: Camp and Furnace
Prepare for one of the creepiest ASBO Halloween cinema events yet, as Camp and Furnace screen the terrifying Ring. Expect popcorn wars, scary themed cocktails, a spooky photo booth, confetti canons and dangerously scary surprises. You and your mates are sure to be hiding behind each other as you watch that fateful videotape that leads to the inevitable phone call. Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be some ghoulish prizes for the best dressed.
Enjoy the Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: 31 October
This Halloween, independent cinema FACT are screening the all time classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A film that tells the story of all-American couple Janet and Brad, who find themselves facing a night of frights and frolics after their car breaks down outside an old dark house. Meet the spooky Dr Frank N. Furter and all manner of kinky Transylvanians in this cult musical comedy. And don’t forget, if you really want to make the most of Halloween, why not book a stay in our spooky Rocky Horror Picture Show themed room, just a stones throw from FACT.
Have a Fright at the Palm House
When: 29 – 31 October
Where: Palm House, Sefton Park
This Halloween the Palm House is giving us all a treat by screening a number of terrifyingly eerie films. From the family friendly Hocus Pocus, to Mommie Dearest, Gremlins and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this stunning venue has pulled out all the stops this year. But if you really want to scare yourself, don’t miss the screenings of the terrifying Dracula and Wes Craven’s slasher, Nightmare on Elm Street.
Discover the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors
When: 24 October
Where: 81 Renshaw
Next on our list of the best Halloween cinema events is more of a nostalgic throwback to TV royalty than a film. Head to 81 Renshaw Street where they’ll be taking their pick of the best Treehouse of Horror specials and enjoy a haunted Simpsons themed Halloween. They will also be offering plenty of wicked food and drink, and the bar will also be hosting a quiz where some lucky winners could walk away with great Simpsons goodies.
Enter the Secret Halloween Cinema
When: 31 October
Where: Underground Liverpool
Last but certainly not least on our guide to the very best and spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool is a mysterious secret experience full of haunting frights and surprises. Hosted in the Underground, this chilling event features a unique 4D cinema experience. There will also be freaky fairground games, themed entertainment and a whole host of actors and scarers that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
An Enchanting Stay at Arthouse
Have a truly unforgettable Halloween and book a stay at Liverpool’s most unique movie-themed hotel. We love to celebrate the wonderful, weird and simply spooky which means Halloween is certainly one of our favourite holidays. Located in the heart of Liverpool’s buzzing nightlife scene on Seel Street, this spooky hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a scary night of horror films.
From our spectacular Hitchcock themed floor that features a Psycho room, The Birds and many more, to the extravagant Rocky Horror Picture Show room, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect film for you and your group.
If you’re not a Hitchcock fan, check out the eerie Phantom of the Opera suite and the chilling Chicago room, Arthouse Hotel offers horror lovers the perfect fright. You’ll find everything you could wish for right within your room.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool. To enquire further or to book your stay with Arthouse Hotel, you can contact us on 0151 305 7900 today. Our friendly team will be able to find the ideal room for you and your group for the ultimate Halloween overnight stay.
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We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.
Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.
This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.
Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.
A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.
He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.
Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.
Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.
The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.
Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.
Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.
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When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.
Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.
The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.
She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.
Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.
One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.
Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.
Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.
The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.
Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.
To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.
The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.
The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.
During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.
Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.
In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.
The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.
The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.
Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.