Amazing Autumn Offers from Arthouse Hotel

The weather is getting colder and the leaves are beginning to fall. It can only mean one thing – Autumn is here!

While some may mourn the end of summer, others will revel in the cooler temperature and all the beauty that autumn brings.

At Arthouse Hotel, we don’t think that the dark nights are any reason to rein in the fun! That’s why we’ve crafted some specially tailored packages that are just perfect for ringing in the twilight months of the year.

Take a look at some of the exclusive offers, available for a limited time only!

Play All Night Long

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Being based on Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is perfect for having a right old time in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving nightlife.

Our Autumn Stay & Play offer is only £49 per person and gives you and three (or more!) of your friends an incredible experience in the best movie-themed hotel in the city.

You’ll be treated to an overnight stay in one of our unique and luxurious suites, all of which draw inspiration from iconic films from over the years.

Once you’ve made your choice of incredible themed rooms, your arrival will begin with prosecco or beers in your room. We know you’ll want to get the party started straight away, so pour yourself a glass as you explore the whirlpool bath and stylish design.

After an unforgettable night enjoying Liverpool’s incredible choice of restaurants, bars and clubs and after you’ve had the best night’s sleep of your life in a luxury double bed, head to Mulholland Bar on the ground floor of the hotel for a delicious breakfast.

Dine Away at Arthouse and Alma de Cuba

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If you want to go for ultimate indulgence as the days go shorter, treat yourself and one lucky friend/partner/family member to our Stay and Dine Autumn Offers.

As well as an overnight stay in a luxury room with jacuzzi bath, you’ll also be able to get an exclusive reservation at Liverpool dining icon, Alma de Cuba.

Located just minutes walk away from Arthouse Hotel, the Caribbean and Latin-inspired restaurant caters to your every need for a deliciously unforgettable two-course meal.

Choose from spicy classics and innovative meals, all while supping from carefully crafted cocktails, whipped up by our talented mixologists.

After a great night at Alma, relax in your luxurious room and head to Mulholland Bar for a tasty breakfast – all included in the price of £129 per couple!

Unforgettable Rooms at Arthouse Hotel

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If you haven’t heard about the movie-themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel – where have you been hiding?!

Each room draws inspiration from iconic films from the past century. From musical classics like Sound of Music and Grease to an entire floor dedicated to the works of Alfred Hitchcock, there is a room for every type of film fanatic at Arthouse Hotel.

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While underappreciated as a filmmaker, we recognise the great work of Andy Warhol in a series of suites dedicated to his films and work. If you’re an artist at heart, why not stay in our Chelsea Girls suite or venture into pop art territory with Marilyn Monroe.

Browse our full range of rooms here and make sure you get in touch as soon as possible to take full advantage of our limited time only Autumn Offers.

Call us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to secure your package this autumn.

Arthouse Hotel’s 2017 Guide to Liverpool Freshers Week on Seel Street

It’s that time of year again where thousands of new students descend on the city to begin the next step in their educational career.

As well as settling into your new home in halls, getting to know your course mates and finding out how to get a week’s shop for less than £20, there is the most important event of the semester: Liverpool Freshers Week.

Thankfully, if you’ve chosen Liverpool as your city of choice to go to university, there is an endless amount of incredible nightlife and exclusive student events.

Seel Street is at the heart of the action, with Concert Square just minutes walk away and tonnes of great bars and clubs to choose from, it’s the ultimate destination for the madness of Freshers Week.

Liverpool Freshers Week Unmissable Events

Infinity at Empire

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When: Saturday 16th September

As one of the newest and most exciting nightclubs in Liverpool, Empire is paving the way for great Fresher’s events.

On Saturday 16th, the venue invites all students to start their life in Liverpool right with a house music extravaganza that is set to include some big names and big tracks.

International Student Social at Mulholland

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When: Tuesday 19th September

Arthouse Hotel’s very own boutique bar and restaurant will play host to this year’s International Society’s student social.

As a city with a diverse and multicultural society, we love to celebrate the diversity of everyone who lives, works and studies in our great city.

The International Student Social gives all students who are from overseas a relaxed and friendly environment to get to know each other and get settled in.

There are snacks, drinks offers, activities and ice breakers – as well as being a great opportunity to practice your English!

Medication at Arts Club

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When: Friday 22nd September

After suffering from the loss of Cream last year, Medication came back bigger and better than ever in its new of at Arts club.

The first Medication of the year lands on Friday 22nd September and is set to be the best launch party yet.

Aptly named ‘Messy Fest’, the festival style party will treat you Freshers to three rooms of music, inflatable, confetti and mayhem.

Get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Block Party at Brooklyn Mixer

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When: Monday 25th September

Brooklyn Mixer is great every day of the week, but their Fresher’s Week Block Party is set to be an unmissable event.

Dance the night away on three floors of the best hip-hop, R ‘n’ B and urban music.

There are great drink prices and a friendly atmosphere, it’s not unusual to go into the bar with one set of friends and leave with some brand new ones!

Blazin Squad at Circo

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When: Sunday 29th September

That’s right, the boy band sensation is back in Liverpool for one night only to perform exclusively at Circo on Seel Street.

Go back in time and reminisce on the noughties superstars and get a glimpse of the icons in the flesh.

The event is set to be a sell out so make sure you get your tickets asap!

Seel Street Staple Stops

Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on tickets to any of the incredible events on our must-visit list. Seel Street is home to some of the best bars and clubs in town.

Take a look at some of the places you HAVE to visit if you’re venturing down Seel Street this Liverpool Freshers Week.

Voodoo at Alma de Cuba

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The famously Cuban bar and restaurant takes on a dark atmosphere when the clock hits 12.01am.

Take a walk on the wild side and with the iconic venue’s hottest club experience. Expect a striking Witch Doctor, spooky Samba dancers, atospheric Katumba drummers and mind-boggling performances from contortionists.

It’s not to be missed out on, especially when the black petals are released from the ceiling, drowning revellers in a sea of flowers.

Monday Nights at The Raz

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You know you’re a student in Liverpool when the prospect of going to The Raz both excites and disgusts you.

Head to Blue Angel at the very top of Seel Street on Monday night for an experience like no other. Treat yourself to a Fat Frog and your life will never be the same again.

Salt Dog Slims

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The street’s resident dive bar is home to a beautiful blend of German and American culture. Bringing you steins and signature cocktails that will last you late into the night.

There’s even a secret speakeasy upstairs, but you’ll need the elusive, daily changing code to get access – or be extra nice to a bartender!

Aloha

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Lays and grass skirts at the ready, Aloha is Liverpool’s iconic Tiki Bar, with a stunningly decorated interior that screams tropical tenacity.

The Liverpool club has teased a Freshers Full Moon Party, but the details are kept under tight wraps for the ultimate reveal. Keep an eye on their Facebook for more information.

Heebie Jeebies

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Known to regular party-goers as simply ‘Heebies’, the bar-cum-club is a staple of any night out, not only on Seel Street but in Liverpool as a whole.

The venue has developed a cult-like status that has fierce fans, look out for the glowing neon signa t the top of Seel Street – it’s usually looking down a massive queue thanks to the popularity of Heebies

Treat Yourself at Arthouse Hotel

If being a student gets too much and the rooms in halls start to overwhelm you, get your new found friends together for a stay at Arthouse Hotel.

As the premier provider of group accommodation in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel has amazing rooms, designed for party people who want a luxurious stay.

What’s even better is the movie-themed edge to each of our individually styled rooms. Go down the Yellow Brick Road in our Wizard of Oz Suite, or multiply your chills in Grease.

Take a look at all of our room options and be the envy of all your student friends with a stay at Arthouse Hotel this Liverpool Freshers Week.

Join Us to Celebrate Your A Level Results with This Unmissable Offer

It’s that time of year again. A Level results day is looming and thousands of nervous students are anxiously waiting to find out if their two years of hard work and blood, sweat and tears have paid off.

On Thursday morning, all the little brown envelopes will be collected and opened, and you’ll finally find out those all-important three little letters.

Thankfully, Mulholland at Arthouse Hotel has got you and your mates covered when it comes to celebrating (or commiserating) your results this Thursday.

Mulholland’s Unmissable Offer

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The very special package invites you and three of your closest course mates to Mulholland, Arthouse Hotel’s new bar, to drink and dine with us this Thursday with an exclusive one-off offer.

Book a table for four people and get a bottle of prosecco on us when you order your first four cocktails. Our cocktail menu has undergone an extreme makeover and we’d love to have you try out all the weird and wonderful concoctions our mixologists have brewed up!

If you’re celebrating the traditional student way with pizza and beer, visit us on Seel Street and take full advantage of Mulholland’s unmissable pizza and drink offer. For just £5, treat yourself to a delicious stone baked pizza with a pint, a glass of prosecco or a glass of orange juice (for those who haven’t quite turned 18 before results day!).

Open Mic Thursdays

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As well as amazing A Level results offers, Thursday sees the return of the weekly Open Mic Night in the bar.

Liverpool’s finest will take to the stage to showcase their raw talent and entertain you lovely college leavers, featuring the talented and captivating Dani Pedro.

As a city steeped in music history, Liverpool’s up and coming musicians are some of the best in the world and at Mulholland, you can experience them for free every Thursday.

Life After A Levels

Whether your results were good or not quite what you were expecting, this Thursday marks an important turning point in your life. Your compulsory education is over and now you get to choose the path you want to take in life.

Signature Living and Arthouse Hotel are proud to employ a workforce of over 400 talented people across Liverpool. Now that you’re educated up to your eyeballs and looking for a new challenge, why not take a look at our career site? We have lots of job roles available across the company and across all our amazing sites, from hospitality to marketing to sales, there’s something for everyone and we’d love to have you join the Signature family.

To book your table at one of Seel Street’s best and most exciting bars, call our friendly team on 0151 541 9999 and don’t miss out on celebrating your A Level results the right way.

The Best Bars on Seel Street for those Warm Summer Nights

Summer is well and truly upon us, with longer and sunnier days there’s an air of positivity and warmth in the air as the height of summer approaches. The balmy afternoons and evenings are the perfect excuse to get out and get a refreshing drink in hand.

Seel Street has developed its nightlife scene massively and is now home to some of the best outdoor spaces and unique bars in the city.

So grab your sunglasses, slap on the suncream and get yourself down to one of Seel Street’s fantastic bars.

Moloko

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The trendy, innovative bar has recently opened its incredible and spacious outdoor beer garden. With rustic benches and a community feel, the new space promises summer vibes and signature cocktails from the mixologists.

Moloko opens its doors early afternoon and carries on the party until midnight with great music, DJs and plenty of enthusiasm.

Mulholland

Arthouse’s very own Mulholland Bar has an exciting new menu with a range of newly styled and expertly crafted cocktails. The range of beers and wines are also a fab choice for those lazy summer nights, but don’t get too comfy, there’s a whole host of events and special nights taking place over the summer. Keep an eye on our Facebook for the latest news.

Peacock

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Peacock sits at the top of Seel Street and is the perfect destination for an afternoon tipple. Their relaxed outdoor seating space gets sun for most of the day and there’s even pizza and other snacks available from early afternoon.

As the night draws in, the bar turns into a full-fledged club with DJs and a dancefloor to die for. Make sure you get there early to avoid missing out!

Alma de Cuba

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Signature Living’s Alma de Cuba has been transformed into one of the hottest venues in Liverpool. The Carribbean-Latin American themed restaurant and bar is the ultimate idyllic escape this summer. With live Samba dancers and a Sunday Gospel Choir, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to an exotic paradise.

The beer garden is amazing too, with rustic, bare wood benches and tasteful graffiti. Grab a special cocktail or an ice cold beer and soak up the sun in style.

Salt Dog Slim’s

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Seel Street’s resident dive bar may not be known for its outside area, but the bar has taken to offering deck chairs for summer drinkers to take in the Seel Street sights. Be a part of an exclusive street party and grab one of the seats before they’re gone!

When the afternoon draws to a close, end the night with one of their incredible bespoke hot dogs, beautifully crafted and mouth-wateringly tasty.

Blind Tiger

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The beer garden at Blind Tiger is a hidden gem in Liverpool, nestled away in a dainty courtyard, the zen gardens offers a quiet, reflective space in the heart of Liverpool.

With beautiful Far East artwork and a garden of exotic greenery, your summer nights can have a taste of the Orient at Blind Tiger.

Heebie Jeebies

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Heebie Jeebies isn’t just for late night partying, their courtyard has been transformed into a beautiful garden paradise.

Heebie Jeebies courtyard serves up tasty drinks in style, with classic outdoor furniture and plant sculptures. There’s room for everyone and the venue’s sun trap is frequently at full capacity from the early afternoon onwards – especially on sunny days!

Kazimier Garden

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Kazimier Garden has earned itself a solid reputation as the ultimate place to visit on those sunny afternoons and warm evenings. The rustic, botanical haven is a unique experience of mismatched furniture and outdoor décor that makes the perfect place to catch up and soak up the sun.

Be at One

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The cocktail bar superchain opened its doors in Liverpool last year and has earned itself a respectable cult following. Loved for their extensive range of cocktails and bubbly and friendly staff, there’s nowhere quite like Be at One to get your Happy Hour Fix.

For those summer nights on Seel Street, their intimate and decked out outside areas offers quirky chairs, dainty lights and plenty of atmosphere.

After an afternoon in the sun and an evening enjoying the warm weather, you’re going to want the best place in Liverpool to rest your head. The Arthouse Hotel is ideally situated for accommodation following a Seel Street experience and with luxury group stays and fantastically themed rooms, there’s no better place for your summer night out in Liverpool.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at The Arthouse Hotel.

The Perfect Hotel for A Musical Weekend at Liverpool International Music Festival

Summer is officially here and festival season is in full swing. Liverpool International Music Festival is the next big event on the calendar and this year it is set to be even bigger and better.

The Arthouse Hotel is simply the most perfect accommodation to rest your head during a weekend of fun, dancing and amazing music.

LIMF kicks off Thursday 20th July, so why not book your luxury stay at the Arthouse Hotel? Located in the centre of Liverpool, we’re only a short train, bus or taxi ride away to Sefton Park, where the festival is taking place.

Liverpool’s Favourite Free Festival

The annual free festival returns to Sefton Park for the fifth time this year and promises four days of brand new artists, household names and musical heritage

The festival boasts a diverse playlist, bringing together different cultures and genres for a delightful fusion of hip-hop, pop, house and Afro-pop. There’s even a classical performance from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The legendary event is free but this year, the festival has introduced VIP experience tickets and Palm House event tickets for £13.20 per day or £33 for three days. The VIP experience tickets will give you exclusive access to a private bar area, deluxe toilets and great views of the central stage.

A Musical Stay

With all these musical notes in the air, it makes sense that your hotel should match the weekend’s harmonious vibe.

The Arthouse Hotel has you covered for this year’s LIMF festival, each room is themed to an individual movie, with tributes to some of the best musicals of all time within our walls.

With accommodation for up to six people per room, Arthouse turns the normal overnight hotel stay into a fun and memorable adventure for you and your friends.

Take a look at our top picks for a truly musical weekend for Liverpool International Music Festival.

John Lennon

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The John Lennon room is a firm favourite of music lovers across Liverpool and beyond. There are multiple deluxe beds and a luxurious whirlpool bath to wash away the festival blues after an amazing day at Liverpool International Music Festival.

The room takes inspiration from Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover, encapsulating the creativity of both icons in one stunning and spacious room.

Sound of Music

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What could be more musical than the ultimate classic of the Sound of Music? Arthouse Hotel’s beautiful room leaves you feeling like a star of a time gone by and offers a large screen TV and our very own kitchenette.

Dance away at Sefton Park then return to the Arthouse Hotel to fill the hills with the sound of music. There’s no better room for a music fan.

Grease

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While away those summer nights with an exciting weekend at Liverpool International Music Festival and then head back to a stunning Grease room at Arthouse Hotel.

Your chills will be multiplying when you step inside our Grease-inspired room. It’s easy to carry on the musical weekend with Sandy and Danny watching over your LIMF antics.

Whichever musical themed room you decided to choose as your LIMF accommodation, you’re guaranteed an incredible weekend stay for one of the most exciting events in Liverpool.

Call us on 0151 541 9999 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to secure the room of your dreams at the Arthouse Hotel.

Have an Unforgettable Stay at the Arthouse Hotel with these Amazing Summer Deals

With the summer holidays looming and the glorious weather right around the corner, why not treat yourself to some of the amazing offers at the Arthouse Hotel this summer.

With limited availability, you won’t want to miss out. There’s something for everyone so take a look and plan your perfect summer evening at Liverpool’s premier movie-themed hotel.

Endless Pizza and Prosecco

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If you can name a greater duo than all-you-can-eat pizza and prosecco, we’d love to hear it because we can’t!

For just £59 for two people, you can enjoy 90 minutes of as much pizza and prosecco that you can possibly handle.

Mix and match various pizza slices and sample the whole range of Arthouse’s amazing offerings, there’s even vegetarian options available. Of course, the best way to wash down a mountain of pizza is with a light and lovely glass of fizz. The prosecco is served by the glass and is the perfect accompaniment to tasty pizza.

If you’re a fan of food challenges, there are no excuses for not adding Arthouse Hotel’s all you can eat pizza and prosecco deal to your bucket list this summer.

Summer Stay & Play

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For a fun yet luxurious summer stay in Liverpool, there’s no better place for a break than Arthouse Hotel.

For just £35 per person, based on a minimum of 6 people, you and your friends can indulge in a stay in one of our luxury, themed rooms.

Located in the heart of the city centre, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect destination for those who wish to explore the city with their friends or want to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic nightlife.

The Summer Stay and Play offer is ideal when paired with Arthouse Hotel’s all-you-can-eat and drink pizza and prosecco. What could be better than loading up on pizza and prosecco and then relaxing with your friends in some of Liverpool’s most extravagant and luxurious suites?

Stay and Dine

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If you need to score some extra brownie points with the old ball and chain or simply want to get away for a well-needed mid-week stay, look no further than our Stay and Dine offer.

For just £119 per couple, enjoy a luxury overnight stay in one of our spectacular rooms, which features a double jacuzzi bath. Choose your favourite film and spend an incredible night amongst the stars.

You’ll also be treated to a two-course meal at the fabulous Alma de Cuba, just minutes walk from the hotel. The Cuban, Caribbean and Central American inspired restaurant is undeniably one of the most amazing venues in Liverpool, with a mouth-watering array of dishes to choose from.

After a night in Alma de Cuba and a divine sleep in your luxury room, end your stay with an incredible breakfast at Arthouse Hotel. Our in-house chefs have perfected the art of breakfast and it’s the perfect way to top off an incredible stay

Ultimate Girls Package

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Bring your girls together for a Friday night you’ll cherish forever. For £199 each you and your girls will be treated to a two-night stay in one of Arthouse Hotel’s unique movie-themed rooms.

You’ll even get a choice of indulging in a spa or beauty treatment, a VIP booth at one of our exciting central bars, a champagne afternoon tea, a cocktail masterclass (including cocktails!) or a delicious two-course meal. you can mix and match up to four of these, and they’re all included in the price!

Come and join us at the Arthouse Hotel for the best summer nights and celebrate your stay in style at Liverpool’s most exclusive movie themed hotel. Call us on 0151 541 9999 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to make sure you don’t miss out on these incredible summer offers.

All About Alfred Hitchock

Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and influential directors of all time. From Birds to Psycho to Vertigo, it is hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of ‘The Master of Suspense’s films.

He was celebrated throughout the cinematic world for his distinctly recognisable directorial style, with shots framed to maximise the feeling of unease within his viewers, creating a sense of fear, dread or anxiety in his innovative forms of film editing.

It was this iconic style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.

Alfred Hitchcock

The Early Life of an Icon

Born to a William Hitchcock, a greengrocer in Leytonstone in 1899, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was the second son and youngest of three children. Often found drawing and inventing games in his spare time, he was quiet and described as a bit of a loner – a trait that was mainly due to his size, which was large even as a child.

A story often told about Hitchcock’s upbringing, and the subsequent influence on his life and career is the story of Hitchcock’s time spent in prison.

When he was five years old, Hitchcock’s very strict, Catholic father punished the young boy for being naughty by sending him to the local police station with a note, asking the officers to lock him away for several minutes. This was Hitchcock’s only brush with the law, thanks to a deep-seated fear of authority because of this very moment.

After graduating from London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, with fantastic draftsmanship skills under his belt, Hitchcock took a job at Henley Telegraph Company as an estimator for their manufacture of electric cable.

With a job he saw as mind-numbing, Hitchcock used his free time to attend the cinema (often by himself0, read cinema trade papers and take drawing classes at London University. This creative side shone through in Henley’s Social Club magazine, where his short stories with twist endings and caricatures were published. These published works got Hitchcock promoted to the advertising department, as a creative advertising illustrator.

The Birth of a Director

Hitchcock’s first endeavour into film was a job as a title card designer (the text in silent movies that explains actions or shows dialogue) for Famous Players-Lasky (which later became Paramount). He used this job to get his foot in the door for screenwriting, assistant director, set designer and all other aspects of filmmaking.

After a few failed attempts at directing while at Famous Players-Lasky, during which he met his future wife, Alma, Hitchcock scored a hit with The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927. The film was a major success in the United Kingdom and is regarded as the first ‘Hitchcockian’ film, heavily influenced by expressionist techniques that Hitchcock witnessed while directing The Pleasure Garden in Germany in 1926.

The 1930s saw Hitchcock make film after film, with many becoming a success both on home soil and across the Atlantic in America. His 1938 film The Lady Vanishes, won the New York Critics’ Award for Best Film, which helped catch the attention of American film producer and studio owner David O. Selznick, who extended a contract offer of three motion picture films. Hitchcock accepted and moved his now wife Alma, and ten-year-old daughter Patricia, to Hollywood.

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Iconic Films

Hitchcock was one of the first directors to which the ‘auteur theory was applied, a theory which stresses the artistic authority of the director in the filmmaking process. Such artistry is what contributed to so many of Hitchcock’s films being regarded with such icon status.

Perhaps the most well-known film from Hitchcock didn’t come until later in his career, Psycho, released in 1960, was the most shocking film of its time. With twists and disturbing themes that thrilled moviegoers across the world. The cheap budget ($800,000) gave Hitchcock motivation to be creative with his filming techniques, to such an extent that the now iconic shower scene, where the heroine is brutally murdered, is composed of more than 90 shots and 70 different angles. The scene is revered as one of the most thrilling pieces of work of all time.

Janet Leigh in Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock

Keeping with his later fashion of one-word titles and suspenseful thrillers, Hitchcock’s other most memorable films, which hold permanent places on the majority of ‘Top Films’ lists, includes Birds (1963), where a town is attacked by menacing flocks of birds, and Vertigo (1958), a story of obsession, manipulation and fear and a cycle of madness and lies.

The endless list of classics produced by the Master of Suspense is one of the many reasons he is considered to be one of, if not the, best directors of all time.

Hidden Gems

Not to be ignored are Hitchcock’s lesser known films, iconic in their own right, but often overshadowed by is creative giants. Early works such as Notorious (1946), Spellbound (1945) and The 39 Steps (1935) all have their place in film history for their technical ingenuity.

With more than 50 feature films under his belt throughout his career, there is a plethora of hidden and niche Hitchcock films that document his development to the style he was admired for.

Aesthetic

Often cited as a pioneer and auteur, Hitchcock’s filming style is what places him in the director’s hall of fame, with signature filming techniques and styles that help identify any of his films as distinctly Hitchcockian.

He appears as a cameo in 39 of his films, often with no lines and as a brief background character in early scenes. The tradition began When filming his first major success, The Lodger (1927), when there weren’t enough extras to fill the newsroom in the opening scene.

Alfred Hitchock's cameo in Rear Window

Certain camera angles and techniques have become associated with the director’s feature films, as he creates a feel of voyeurism for the audience, with point of view shots and roving tracking to guide the audience to the subject at hand.

Hitchcock also gained a reputation for using ‘icy blondes’ as his chosen heroines, from Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh to Ingrid Bergman. He once said that blondes are thought to be innocent and glamorous – the perfect recipe for a victim. The icy attitude was for added suspense, and to confuse the audience with their lack of empathy for the poor femme fatale.

He was also noted for his rigorous planning of his productions, with every detail of every scene meticulously storyboarded, with every camera angle, sound effect and movement accounted for and unchanged throughout the filming process.

Personal Life

Hitchcock met his wife, Alma, while working at his first studio, Famous Players-Lasky. She worked on continuity and editing for several of his early works and the two were married in 1926 and she became his chief collaborator on all films. Alma took a backseat to the limelight as she did not want the public attention that came with her husband’s rise to fame.

The couple welcomed their first and only child, a girl named Patricia, in 1928, and the entire family moved to Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered Hitchcock a three-film contract in March 1939.

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Awards, Honours and Death

Being one of the most well-noted directors in history comes with a string of awards and honours across a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the industry. Along with innumerable Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations and awards, Hitchcock also received five lifetime achievement awards, eight Laurel Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hitchcock became Sir Alfred Hitchcock after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.

In the first few months after his knighthood, Hitchcock worked on a script for a new spy thriller, The Short Night, but the project never came to fruition due to the director’s rapidly declining health. In April of 1980, he passed away in his home of renal failure at 80 years old.

The Hitchcock Floor at Arthouse Hotel

Arthouse Hotel, close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife, pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films.

Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema.

Spellbound room at Arthouse Hotel

Experience an elegant take on Bates Motel in Pyscho, or indulge in Notorious, there’s glamour in Suspicion and dark decadence in The Birds.

Be enchanted in Spellbound or experience life on the run in Stage Fright, there’s also the mystifying magnetism of Vertigo and a 1920s vibe in Easy Virtue.

There’s stylish accommodation for everyone whatever your favourite Hitchcock film, and with an amazing location in the heart of cultural Liverpool, 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 theme hotel.

Live in a Yellow Submarine in this Beatles inspired hotel room

Where would a Liverpool themed hotel be without a nod to the Fab Four themselves? Having given their name to five feature films over the course of their career, there was one that stood out as the only option for a movie-themed room, Yellow Submarine. With its psychedelic adventure through various exciting landscapes gave a wealth of inspiration for a stylish, but era-appropriate setting for your Hard Day’s Night.

A ground-breaking movie

Yellow Submarine was released in 1968 and marked The Beatles’ third appearance on the silver screen. The band was unhappy with their previous acting endeavour ‘Help!’ (1965) and were wary of taking on another feature film, but they saw it as a quick way to honour their commitment to United Artists for their three-film contract. There was also apprehension about the concept of delving into more animation after the mid-60s American cartoon TV series, ‘The Beatles’, proved not to be to their taste. They passed their name for use, but the voices of the Liverpool-born quartet were provided by actors for the film.

The team of unknown artists had to get creative with their animation techniques thanks to working on a budget of £1 million in a tiny London studio, trying methods never seen before in the world of cartoons. Most notable of these unusual techniques is the use of postcards to create stop motion animation.

John, Paul, George and Ringo ended up being so impressed with the creativity and uniqueness of the film that they agreed to feature in a short live action cameo at the end. In the appearance, the boys discuss their souvenirs from the trip and reprise a rendition of ‘All Together Now’.

The movie received widespread critical acclaim and proved itself to be a box office hit. It was one of the first animations to step outside the realm of simple cartoons just for kids, Yellow Submarine proved that animation can be artistic and suitable for both adults and children alike.

Join the Beatlemania

Want to have a Beatle-mad weekend? As the home of the band that changed the world, there’s an endless list of Beatles-themed activities in the city. Bring together music and football with The Shankly Hotel’s Fab 4 and Shanks Tour, taking you to all the must-see Beatles landmarks and on an exclusive tour of Bill Shankly’s history with the city. End the trip with a free drink and 20% off at The Shankly Hotel’s stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

The Bastion at the Shankly Hotel, where a Fab Four and Shanks tour operates from

Or take a cab ride with the Fab Four Taxi Tour, choose your favourite Beatle and take a John, Paul, George or Ringo themed tour lasting between two and five hours. See the childhood homes, and visit the places that inspired the band’s most famous songs from Penny Lane, to Strawberry Fields and even Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone.

A must-see for every Beatles fan is The Beatles Story at The Albert Dock, this museum takes you on a journey through history from The Quarrymen all the way to Imagine. The Beatles museum has exclusive memorabilia, including John Lennon’s iconic glasses and original artwork, and see a recreated Cavern Club with some of the band’s first guitars and drums from the days of playing small, underground venues. Bring the kids along for the adventure in the Discovery Zone, with interactive activities and costumes for dressing up in 60’s and 70’s styles.

The Beatles Story, Liverpool

Don’t go home without stopping for a drink in the iconic Cavern Club, where The Beatles played their first live gigs and the place where they were discovered by Brian Epstein. With live music throughout the day from tribute bands and up and coming Liverpool artists, you’ll be transported back to the early sixties in a time where rock n roll ruled. Grab a picture with the John Lennon statue outside and browse the names etched on the brick wall that pays tribute to all the bands that have performed at the famous club.

After seeing John Lennon on Mathew Street set out on a mission to find all statues and sculptures dedicated to the Beatles around the city. Visit the bronze foursome at Pier Head, sit with Eleanor Rigby on Stanley Street, admire the ‘Four Lads Who Shook the World’ sculpture on Mathew Street and admire the John Lennon Peace Monument at Kings Dock.

Bronze Beatles Statues at Pier Head, Liverpool

Live in the Yellow Submarine

The Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel is perfect for any Beatles lover to delve into Pepperland and be submerged in A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Our psychedelic inspired luxury suite can sleep up to a Fab Four, with a luxury double and two single beds. Dip into the jacuzzi bath before heading out to Penny Lane, or admire the Yellow Submarine artwork that covers the ceiling. With a little help from your friends, a stay at The Arthouse Hotel will be a visit you’ll remember when you’re sixty-four.

Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel Liverpool

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay in the city that birthed the greatest musical legends of all time.