Warhol’s Chelsea Girls: “Busted In Boston” & “Censored In Cannes”

Our movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel have been designed to remember the iconic superstars of a film generation. From our musicals floor which celebrates wonderful whimsical movies filled with song and dance to our Hitchcock floor decorated and themed around the best thrillers from the legendary director.

Another movie themed floor in Arthouse Hotel pays homage to the artistic iconography of Andy Warhol and one room, in particular, has been themed with one of Warhol’s most celebrated cinematic creations in mind, and perhaps his most scandalous too.

Warhol’s movie, Chelsea Girls, was banned from being screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967. As this year’s event gets underway we look at why Warhol’s work didn’t appear as scheduled in the 1967 programme.

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol

For those of you who are unsure who or what Andy Warhol was, listen up.

Warhol first appeared on the scene in 1949 when he moved to New York and worked as a window dresser, an illustrator and began designing commercial artwork for top-selling fashion magazines Vogue and Glamour.

He continued to work in the fashion press industry using groundbreaking techniques which became well known in the business.

By 1960 Warhol grew dissatisfied with commercial work and began manipulating photo imagery and comic book strips which made his career blossom and established him as a pop art artist. He created his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1961 and went on to create the Marilyn Portrait in 1962.

Andy’s interest in filmmaking didn’t start until 1963 when he purchased his very first camera and began experimenting with artistic short films that were inspired by real life and which shocked and amazed his audiences.

Why Warhol Started Filming

Andy Warhol and Pele

Between that first moment of picking up a camera to the moment he made his last motion picture, Warhol wanted to make moving art in his films.

By portraying real-life experiences in great detail and often adding shock value to them Warhol’s movies made a splash on the underground cinema. In 1965 Warhol officially put down his paintbrush and became a filmmaker instead.

With an entourage of wealthy socialites at his beck and call the Warhol Superstars made up the cast of his earliest movies. Warhol continued to make movies that the trendy public wanted to see and/or star in and by 1966 he had created Chelsea Girls which gained widespread recognition among the most fashionable circles.

The movie was filmed in various locations around New York city but was set and filmed inside the prominent Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

The first film of its kind, Chelsea Girls followed the lives of those who lived in the Hotel Chelsea, from models and artists to wealthy socialites and aristocrats. The movie portrayed the carefree, artistic and bohemian lifestyle that was popular at the time among artists, musicians, celebrities and the well to do.

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

Warhol and his superstars at Cannes Film Festival

Warhol and his superstars made their way to the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967 to watch Chelsea Girls screened in public for the very first time. They had the movie reels stored in their personal luggage because shipping costs at the time were very high at the time and this saved them money.

The way Warhol had shot the movie meant that it needed to be displayed on two screens at once using two different projectors, making it stand apart from other work of the age.

Cannes Film Festival had officially invited the film to be screened and Warhol’s work in the film industry had begun to garner a great deal of attention due to its unique subject matter and his famously artistic flare.

There was a lot of confusion about how to screen Chelsea Girls by Cannes Film Festival organisers, despite being given implicit instructions from the Warhol camp. This, as well as some concerns about the scandal that would follow full frontal male nudity, rumoured to be in the movie and Cannes Film Festival decided to pull the plug.

Despite being part of the official programme, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls became the first ever invited film not to be screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival 1967.

So Where Was the 1st Official Public Screening of Chelsea Girls?

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

After taking his unshown work away from the film festival, Warhol and his entourage are rumoured to have arranged the first public screening in a Paris based movie theatre; Cinematheque.

Other accounts state that the movie went straight from Cannes Film Festival to London. Here a gang of 50 people, made up of Warhol Superstars and other notable artists and socialites had gathered to watch Chelsea Girls in a flat on Mount Street belonging to Robert Fraser.

Stash De Rolla, an aristocrat and friend of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and some of Warhol’s Superstar’s recalls;

“Robert [Fraser] called and asked me to bring Paul’s [McCartney] 16mm sound projector because Chelsea Girls needed two projectors used simultaneously.

So I took it over, arrived at 23 Mount Street and found about fifty or more people crammed in, lying all over the floor, all the Warhol entourage.

We showed the movie and someone complained about the noise and the police came.”

Following this screening interest in Chelsea Girls spread all over the underground cinema world and more and more above ground movie lovers wanted to see the mysterious and artistic production.

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

Warhol's Chelsea Girls press

Despite the growing interest, Chelsea Girls was banned in Boston after being shown in May 1967 a police raid resulted in the manager of the Boston Cinema getting a $500 fine and receiving four charges of obscenity.

Warhol loved the attention and relished using the line “banned in Boston” to advertise his masterpiece from then on.

The movie then toured Chicago and Berlin before making it back to New York cinema screens in July 1967. The ad read

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

and Chelsea Girls continued to attract large audiences of “normal society”, not the usual cult underground cinema lovers that had previously followed Warhol’s work.

The stars of Chelsea Girls included daughters of wealthy socialites and aristocrats like Brigid Berlin and Mary Wornov. Brigid’s mother was said to be disgusted by her daughter’s appearance in the film and Mary’s mother sued Warhol for allowing her daughter to be filmed without a signed release.

Over time Chelsea Girls became accepted for its cultural statement rather than its value as an actual movie. Those who appeared in the movie were either real-life inhabitants of the Hotel Chelsea or people who had fallen into Warhol’s orbit essentially Chelsea Girls depicted the world in which Warhol lived. Surrounded by admirers and those whom he used as muses fro his work.

The Chelsea Girls Room

Chelsea Girls Room - movie banned at Cannes Film Festival

Book your stay in the Chelsea Girls room at Arthouse Hotel and enjoy a night of luxury in our movie inspired group accommodation.

The amazing artwork from the movie’s advertising is displayed across the ceiling and the rest of the room oozes the type of glamour and splendour associated with the Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Sleeping up to six guests in comfortable double and single beds and located at the heart of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Chelsea Girls room is perfect for a group of guests looking to enjoy a taste of the chic and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Check out our superb accommodation offers at Arthouse Hotel for girls gathering or lads nights in Liverpool or call 0151 601 8801 to book your stay.

Discovering Hidden Talent at Arthouse Hotel: Open Auditions for Singing Waiters

We are inviting the talented people of Liverpool to join a team of performers who will form the superb singing waiters service at events taking place in Liverpool. Our open auditions are taking place on the 13th May at Arthouse Hotel and we want everyone who believes they have what it takes to sing their hearts out for a chance to be paid for performing.

This American style bar and diner is in one of the busiest areas in town so, if you fit the bill, your talents could be seen and heard by hundreds of people every night you perform.

The Audition Process

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Simply apply online, adding in any relevant experience you have and telling us as much about yourself as possible then arrive on the day and give it your all.

Your performance will be solo and auditions will take place individually in front of a panel of judges who would like to hear a selection of two or three songs of your choice that you are comfortable singing. If you need a backing track, bring it and it will have to be on a USB or AUX compatible device.

Once you’ve impressed the panel then it’s time to get to know you a better. Our judges will ask a little about your ambitions for the future as well as discuss any professional training you might have and what you can expect to gain whilst working as a singing waiter.

If you have any additional talent such as fire breathing, juggling, acting or acrobatics, let us know and show us what you can do as there isn’t much that won’t impress us.

Signature Living Events

Open auditions for singing waiters at Signature Living

As regular contributors to the entertainment industry in Liverpool, Signature Living host and organise fun and exciting events that take place throughout the year.

Everything from sophisticated afternoon tea services at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic to our famous themed afternoon teas in The Shankly and Alma de Cuba.

We even hosted a festival in this year, Big Luv Weekender, in our rooftop events venue the Garden of Eden and at Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel we’ve welcomed the Million Dollar Men and regular live music events onto our calendar.

As part of the signing waiter service, you could be expected to work 2-3 times a week depending on what events are taking place and once a team is established, special singing and performing waiter events will become regularly scheduled.

Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar

Open auditions for singing waiters - Mulholland bar

Located in the centre of Seel Street at the heart of the Ropewalks district, Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar can be found.

Not only do we provide entertainment for Arthouse Hotel guests but Mulholland Bar also attracts a lively crowd of revellers with its quirky Americana theme. Lists of cocktails are whipped up by gifted bar staff named after vintage movie stars, pizzas and movie-themed snacks are served when people get peckish and the bar stays open until late, giving people a place to dance the night away.

Our guest crowd includes hen and stag parties, groups of guests celebrating special occasions like birthdays as well as residents of Liverpool who stay in our movie-themed group rooms rather than getting taxi’s home.

Girls night out in Mulholland bar - open auditions singing waiters

If you are successful in at our open auditions we will notify within two weeks and, once hired, you will become an important piece of the events and entertainment team with Signature Living as a Signature Star.

The role as a singing waiter will give you the chance to hone your singing skills and practice performing for an audience, you’ll meet some fabulous people who could become great friends and best of all, you’ll have fun in your work.

So step out from behind that desk and come to our open auditions on the 13th of May to see if you have what it takes to become a singing waiter and a Signature Star.

Apply here or email careers@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Marvelous Midweek Liverpool Hotel Offers at Arthouse

At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got something special to celebrate, and we’ve got some superb overnight Liverpool hotel offers to help you join us.

This week, 60 years ago, Alfred Hitchcock released one of his most famous movies, Vertigo and for many reasons, this was the movie that made the man. Its complex plot line and amazing camera techniques were leaps and bound s ahead of anything that had ever been seen before and even today watching the movie can leave your head spinning.

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Our Vertigo room is just one of the amazing Hitchcock themed suites available to stay in midweek at Arthouse Hotel and here are our special Liverpool hotel offers for you to enjoy during your visit.

Dream and Dine for £99

Marilyn Monroe Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

At the heart of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, you will find Arthouse Hotel. Surrounded by the cities most exciting and dynamic bars and clubs, Arthouse Hotel lets guests fully immerse themselves in the best part of the city.

Whether you are in town for a romantic meal, a girls or boys night out or a special celebration with your best mate, during a stay at Arthouse Hotel the party is all around you.

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in any of the impressive movie-themed hotel rooms and a tasty two-course meal in Alma de Cuba, before heading out onto Seel Street for an unforgettable evening.

This amazing midweek offer is perfect for spoiling yourselves and enjoying a night out on the town without all the crazy weekend crowds.

Beds and Bubbles

Notorious Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Celebrate with us in style midweek and throw yourself a party complete with bubbles and comfy beds all for just £15 per person.

This one-off city centre accommodation offer invites four or more guests to come together for a one of a kind stay in any of our movie-themed hotel rooms and get the party started with a bottle of bubbly on us.

That’s just £70 for four people for an amazing night in Liverpool right at the heart of all the action.

You could take a stroll down Bold Street and enjoy a tasty meal together in any of the popular world food restaurants or wait until the evening truly begins and Samba you way over to Alma de Cuba for a taste of Latin America.

Experience the best bits of Liverpool’s famous nightlife midweek at Arthouse Hotel by using any of these fabulous midweek Liverpool hotel offers.

Ultimate Girls Midweek Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

No need to wait for the weekend ladies!

At Arthouse Hotel we celebrate all week long and by booking our Ultimate Girls Midweek Liverpool hotel offers you can too.

We’ve got the whole package just ready and waiting to be booked including luxurious overnight accommodation in any of our stunning movie-themed hotel rooms, a two-course meal at Alma de Cuba then you and a chance to get creative with a priavte cocktail masterclass.

Once you’ve finished your yummy handmade cocktails it’s time to paint the town red and then off to bed followed by a delicious breakfast the next day.

Give yourselves a great excuse for a night out together and book the Ultimate Girls Midweek stay for just £99 per person.

Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Stay in the city’s most popular district and get a taste of what makes Liverpool the number one nightlife destination in the UK from the comfort of Arthouse Hotel. 

All our midweek Liverpool hotel offers are subject to availability and prices are based on full occupancy unless stated otherwise.

Hurry and book your stay today by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Liverpool Dating Made Easy for Movie Lovers at Arthouse Hotel

Looking for the perfect date night in Liverpool? Well here’s Liverpool dating for movie lovers made easy at Arthouse Hotel.

We’ve got the perfect location in the city to enjoy some of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife. From the trendy hip bars on Seel Street to the relaxed restaurants of Bold Street, Arthouse Hotel is the ideal place to spend date night in the city and here’s why.

Amazing Accommodation Offers at Arthouse Hotel

Let’s start with the superb offers we have for couples wanting to spend some quality time in the city together.

If date night falls midweek book our Dream and Dine stay and enjoy an overnight stay in one of our luxurious movie themed hotel rooms.

Each floor in Arthouse Hotel has a unique theme and our guests can chose from popular musical movies, Hitchcock thrillers or artistic Warhol masterpieces to form the backdrop to their night of romance.

Our Dream and Dine offer includes a deliciously romantic two course meal as well all for just £99 per couple, you and your special someone can spend a night together in the heart of the city.

Why not push the boat out this date night in Liverpool and book the Date Night special offer at Arthouse Hotel.

This amazing deal is perfect for super special occasions where its important to show your special someone just how much they mean to you.

For just £169 per couple the Date Night offer includes an overnight stay in impressive city centre accommodation, a tasty two course meal and an arrival surprise, our popular love suite love package.

Our staff will scatter rose petals across the room, place two scrumptious cupcakes on the bed and chill a bottle of Prosecco so you can toast your love in style.

Liverpool dating just got a whole lot easier and more affordable with Arthouse Hotel’s amazing offers.

Romantic Places to Eat and Drink in Liverpool

There’s something about the twinkling lights of the big city that screams romance and this couldn’t be truer in and around Arthouse Hotel.

Go for a romantic tipple inside Alma de Cuba and let the Latin theme inspire a fiery passionate night on the town.

Or perhaps enjoy some drinks alfresco in the nearby Kazimer Garden or Moloko where quaint and quirky outdoor courtyards are lit by hundreds of fairy lights perfect for enjoying the warmer spring evenings or bundling up under a blanket together when it gets chilly.

If you’d like to explore the culinary wonders of Liverpool there’s no better place to start than at Arthouse Hotel where our own in house kitchen serve delicious movie themed snacks such as yummy nachos and gourmet pizza.

Around the corner on Bold Street are some of the city’s newest and most popular eateries. Here visitors can enjoy Ibizan inspired experiences at La Finca Evissa, a tapas bar with a Spanish flare or if your taste take you to more exotic destinations a meal in Kasbah or Bakchich is sure to tickle your taste buds.

All these venues have mastered food from around the world and brought delicious dishes to Liverpool for everyone to try.

The best and easiest way to someone’s heart is often through their belly and a romantic meal in Liverpool will certainly make for a wonderful date night.

Have a Movie Night to Remember

If your date is a movie buff then you’ve brought them to the right place. Arthouse Hotel has been built to celebrate some of the best cinematic and artistic masterpieces of our time.

Whether your date is a fan of Mary Poppin’s or Marilyn Monroe, there’s a room at Arthouse for you.

Better still Arthouse is within easy walking distance of FACT cinema, Liverpool’s leading example of exhibiting art, new media and films both new and old.

FACT will show the latest blockbuster releases alongside silver screen movies and unique art installations. You could be watching a classic like Gone with the Wind on one screen whilst the latest gory scare-fest plays on another.

There’s all the trimmings of your average cinema with the added chance of seeing something extraordinary.

Liverpool dating couldn’t be easier than when you choose to spend your date night at Arthouse Hotel.

Call and arrange the perfect date night in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Famous for 50 Years: Warhol’s famous for 15 minutes turns 50 this year!

“In the future everyone in the world will be famous for at least 15 minutes” Andy Warhol 1968

Never a truer statement uttered, and this prophetic quote from Warhol accurately predicted the social media frenzy that has swept the world today.

Fifty years on and we live in a world where everyone can easily have their fifteen minutes of fame. Whether it’s from social media success, reality appearances on TV, or even going viral in a meme or YouTube video, fame is attainable, yet as Warhol’s coined phrase foretold, it is extremely fickle.

Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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If, however, you were one of Warhol’s Superstars it seems fame didn’t stop after 15 minutes but lived on like Warhol’s legend and his work.

Here we look at some of the people who surrounded Warhol during his most creative years and how by simply knowing him they were preserved in fame along with his art and film works.

More than 15 minutes . . .

Many of those who encountered Warhol gleaned more than 15 minutes of fame from their time as either his muse or companion learn a little more about those who were famous for 15 minutes and more.

UltraViolet

UltraViolet - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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One of “Warhol’s Superstars” who penned confessional memoirs titled “Famous for Fifteen Minutes”, was UltraViolet.

The book is a tell-all about the life Isabella Collin Dufrense, a convent educated heiress from France who met Warhol in 1963 after being introduced by her friend Salvador Dali. She changed her name to Ultra Violet at the suggestion of Warhol and went on to star in over a dozen of his filmed art pieces.

Ultra Violet was Warhol’s muse for a fleeting time, her own 15 minutes were far from over though as she went on to become a successful solo artist in her own right and a sought-after contributor to lectures and exhibitions around the world.

Viva/Auder

Viva - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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Janet Susan Mary Hoffman, like Isabella Dufrense, was born into wealth and raised a devout Catholic and even considered becoming a nun.

Instead, Janet chose a career as a model and painter, both of which she gave up declaring that painting was a lost art and ended up meeting Warhol who gave her the name Viva.

After meeting Warhol, Viva’s film career began as she took the place of UltraViolet as his muse and stared in roles which often involved nudity or sexual scenes.

Following her career with Warhol Viva went onto star in other movies from Agnes Varda’s Lions Love to Woody Allen’s Play it Again, Sam.

Viva went on to write her own book about life in The Factory with Warhol titled Superstars, and now lives a life in Palm Springs painting landscapes.

Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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Like so many of Warhol’s Superstars, Edie Sedgwick was from a wealthy family who went far back into the richest societies of America. She was drawn into Warhol’s orbit at a party and the pair were set up, despite Warhol being gay, the two had a passionate romance.

Known as the next generation Marilyn Monroe, it’s clear why Warhol fell in love with Edie, his own Marilyn obsession was reflected in her, she became Warhol’s Marilyn.

In April 1965, Edie was the girl of the year for Warhol. She went on to star in 10 of his filmed pieces starting with “Poor Little Rich Girl”.

As fast as their love had begun it ended with Edie leaving Andy, both his work and his side.

She went from the artistic world of Warhol to the musical world of Bob Dylan and went onto star in a few more of Warhol’s films before overdosing at the age of 28.

Edie Sedgwick is remembered today as a party girl, a fashion icon and the new age answer to Marilyn Monroe.

Our room

Famous for 15 minutes room at Arthouse Hotel

Our Famous for 15 minutes room at Arthouse Hotel has an eye-catching décor that includes a huge ceiling mural of Warhol and the Monroe portrait behind him that became one of his most famous works.

This stylish city centre hotel room can sleep up to six guests and has a small kitchenette area and chic ensuite bathroom.

The rest of the Warhol floor has been themed around pieces of his work and some of the short movies he created when he was “done with painting”. This is the only room on the floor that solely focuses on what Warhol’s work was all about.

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is artand working is art and good business is the best art” Andy Warhol

Book your stay in our Famous for 15 minutes room midweek and enjoy all this fabulosity for just £20 per person. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

You can also check out some of our amazing hotel offers here and chose from any of the wonderful Warhol suites at available at Arthouse Hotel.

A Brilliant Boys Night Out in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel

When it comes to planning the best boys night out in Liverpool look no further than Arthouse Hotel.

At the heart of all the most exciting nightlife and with some of the best restaurants in Liverpool right on your doorstep, Arthouse Hotel is the number one choice for an amazing get together with the lads.

The Rooms

Every room at Arthouse Hotel has a unique movie-themed décor along with bags of space and excellent facilities such as ensuite bathrooms and handy kitchenettes and fridges to store all your booze.

Choose to spend the night on the Hitchcock floor in the Spellbound suite which sleeps up to six and is inspired by Hitchcock’s asylum thriller movie.

Chelsea Girls room - group accommodation for boys night out in Liverpool

Or why not get a little artsy on the Warhol floor where you can stay in our racy Chelsea Girls suite with its eye-popping wall mural and gleaming gold décor?

There’s access to huge wall mounted TV’s in every Arthouse Hotel room and what’s more, Arthouse Hotel is located in the centre of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district; The Ropewalks.

Accommodation for a boys night out in Liverpool doesn’t get any better than at Arthouse Hotel.

The Nightlife

The most popular nightlife venues in Liverpool surround Arthouse Hotel on all sides.

So, for those of you looking for a top boys night out in Liverpool you needn’t walk more than two minutes before you find your ideal nightclub or bar.

Coyote Ugly has recently opened its doors to the public, and for those who “haven’t seen” the hit movie yet, we can guarantee a handful of talented ladies will entertain an eager audience with some on the bar dancing and behind the bar beer slinging.

Coyote Ugly bar - boys night out in Liverpool

Other top choices include Heebie Jeebies for laid-back vibes and chart-topping tunes, Salt Dog Slims for larger than life steins or Whiskey Business for a special kind of tipple from their impressive stocks of rare whiskeys.

 

Our very own Alma de Cuba is perfect for a boys night out in Liverpool you’ll never forget.

Why not book a VIP booth complete with drinks package and catch a glimpse of our hotter than hot Voodoo dancers?

Voodoo at Alma de Cuba - boys night out in Liverpool

All this and more is just a few moments away from Arthouse Hotel meaning your boys night out in Liverpool is guaranteed to be unforgettable . . .

. . . even if you’ve had a few too many steins in Salt Dogs.

The Restaurants

Not just the perfect place to grab a bevvy, The Ropewalks and Bold Street, in particular, is the number one spot to rustle up some of the tastiest grub in town.

On Bold Street alone there’s a worldly variety of street style inspired food from towering burgers at Nolita Catalina to Red Dog Saloons BBQ inspired gastronomy.

 

Slims Pork Chop Express on Seel Street has a varied menu of meaty loveliness and of course, our own on-site bar and restaurant, Mulholland, whips up the best pizzas for miles around.

No matter what you’ve got a hankering for, any of these nearby restaurants will get your boys night out in Liverpool off to a tremendous start.

Time for a boys night out in Liverpool

What are you waiting for guys?

Get all the lads together for an amazing boys night out in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel.

Boys night out in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel

We’ve got some amazing packages for the Ultimate Boys Weekend, one nighter offers like the Last Night of Freedom and Get Me to the Church on Time for the night before the big day partying.

Pick any one of these amazing all-inclusive offers or call and speak with the team on 0151 601 8801 to book your stay today.

The Ultimate Movie Lovers Valentines Date at Arthouse Hotel

Treat the ultimate movie buff to the perfect Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel.

Book your film fanatic partner an evening of luxury in a hotel room themed around the most romantic movies of our time.

Check out our collection of luxury hotel rooms inspired by romantic films including musicals, thrillers and works of art.

Pick your favourite then book the most unique Valentines date in Liverpool at Arthouse hotel for just the two of you.

Lips

Lips - accommodation for a Valentines date

Warhol’s 1959 Lips print is one of his most famous artistic creations.

Warhol himself stated;

“I really don’t care that much about “Beauties”. What I really like are talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love”.

Simplistic and beautiful our Lips room at Arthouse Hotel links to some of the most romantic human things we get up to when in love such as kissing and talking.

Spend some time admiring Warhol’s Lips and enjoying each other’s on your Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel.

Grease

Grease - accommodation for a Valentines date

The ultimate love story, good girl meets bad boy, Grease is one of the most well-loved musicals of a generation.

Our Grease themed hotel room has plenty of comfortable bed space and movie inspired décor with a mural of the happy couple, Danny and Sandy on the ceiling.

If you are “hopelessly devoted” to someone special, then book what is sure to be an “electrifying” Valentines date night at Arthouse Hotel with “the one that you want”.

Kiss

Kiss - accommodation for a Valentines date

Need we say more about our Kiss themed Arthouse Hotel room?

Another of Warhol’s lips related projects, Kiss was a 1963 movie depicting various couples kissing for a 50-minute period.

The film portrayed many couples and included the kisses of mixed race and same sex pairs.

The Kiss room at Arthouse has a romantic lavish décor complete with stills from the intimate experimental movie displayed across the ceiling.

So, pucker up on your Valentines date in the Kiss room at Arthouse Hotel.

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue - accommodation for a Valentines date

An early one from the Hitchcock archives, Easy Virtue is a romantic movie first but of course has a heavy dose of drama to spice it up.

The film portrays a whirlwind romance blossoming in the romantic surroundings of the French Riviera.

Never one for a happy ending Hitchcock can’t help himself and runs a thread of suspicion throughout the entire movie.

Our Easy Virtue room is darkly decadent and has an interesting vintage décor that is synonymous with the 1920’s when the movie was made.

The perfect place for a virtuous Valentines date in Liverpool.

Phantom of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera- accommodation for a Valentines date

The longest running show in Broadway history and the most powerful love story ever written; The Phantom of the Opera has captured hearts and minds for over a century.

The story paints a picture of how powerful love is and how easily it can turn into obsession and you will be obsessed with the luxurious Phantom of the Opera room at Arthouse Hotel.

This large city centre hotel room has comfortable double beds and an extravagant décor. The famous Phantom mask adorns the ceiling with quotes and lyrics from the movie.

Where better to spend your Valentines date than in Arthouse Hotel’s Phantom of the Opera room.

Suspicion

Suspicion - accommodation for a Valentines date

Love was never simple with Hitchcock.

Suspicion tells a twisted tale of love, mystery, betrayal and suspicion. As usual our lead female is a stunning blonde and the gent a charismatic charmer.

The Suspicion room at Arthouse Hotel is the ideal Valentines date accommodation with luxurious padded leather and ruby red walls.

Guests are overlooked by the handsome Cary Grant and the beautiful Joan Fontaine from the larger than life movie mural on the ceiling.

For those couples who simply adore the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Suspicion is the perfect hotel room for an unforgettable Valentines date in Liverpool.

Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel

Lips room - accommodation for a Valentines date

Not your average hotel, Arthouse has a unique movie themed room to suit everyone.

For the most memorable Valentines date in Liverpool book your movie lover a night in Arthouse Hotel in any of our romantic love inspire movie themed hotel rooms.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

Salsa Classes Liverpool: Monday Nights at Arthouse Hotel

Like Garfield the cat, the majority of us hate Monday’s, it’s the start of a long working week and the end of what was most likely an amazing weekend. That’s why at Arthouse Hotel we thought we’d spice up Monday by arranging some saucy Salsa classes Liverpool has been waiting for.

The Origins of Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing early

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Hailing from Cuba both Salsa music and the moves came together over time from a mixture of traditional Hispanic and American dance styles, Salsa, however, wasn’t named as such until it reached North America in around 1910.

When looking far back enough the fundamental moves of Salsa dancing are a hybrid mix of Rhumba’s danced by early African slaves in America, the Danzon moves of the French Haiti immigrants and Son dances of Cuban nationals.

This super saucy Latin vibe was eventually picked up by visiting Americans in 1898 during the Cuban War when soldiers entered South America. After this American Jazz musicians would frequently visit Cuba and adapt this new exotic sound to their own musical style, playing it in trendy clubs all over New York and North America.

Soon the rest of the US was intoxicated by this new and super sensual sound and style of dancing. The term “Salsa” was applied in North America to describe this new wave of upbeat Latin music however it wasn’t until the 1970’s when Salsa truly found its fame in America.

Salsa music bands -Tito Puente,Santos Colon y Ray Barretto

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An increase in Dominican and Puerto Rican workers into the US brought with them their own dancing style which became well known and liked in clubs and bars across the nation. The rising stars of Salsa music helped spread the Salsa phenomenon to the world and today Latin music influenced by the earliest mixes of Salsa beats still dominates the charts today.

Learn to Salsa like a Pro

Karen Salsa Liverpool

Join us on Mondays at Arthouse and meet professional dance instructor Karen who has been passing on her dancing knowledge to eager beginners for over 15 years, guiding them to becoming confident Salsa dancers.

Karen is used to teaching large groups of all abilities and will give you the tools to take to the dancefloor with grace and ease when you next hear a Salsa track in the club.

Bring along some work friends for some corporate bonding fun, take it as a keep fit class with the girls or grab your partner and learn how to be the hottest couple on every dancefloor.

The lessons start at 19:30 pm for beginners and improvers running for one hour. Each Monday lesson included instructions for learning the tricky Salsa steps as well as an opportunity to have some fun.

From 20:30 pm – 22:00 pm the intermediate dancers can hone their dancing skills and strut their stuff and then the venue is transformed into a Salsa free for all where the professionals can show off their moves and the beginners can have some laughs.

Salsa Pro - Karen Salsa Liverpool

So never mind if you haven’t taken a dance lesson in your life or if you fancy yourself a dab hand, these are the Salsa classes Liverpool dancers have been waiting for and now they are here at Arthouse Hotel.

After lesson drinks in Mulholland

Mulholland Cocktail

After all that twirling and shaking on the dancefloor you’ll no doubt need refreshments.

Luckily Mulholland Bar is situated just a floor up from where your lesson is held and has some fabulous midweek food and drink offers you and the class can enjoy.

Choose from a selection of delicious cocktails or share a perfect pizza and if the night is still young there are plenty of bars around Seel Street where you and the Salsa gang can enjoy a round or two.

Make a night out of it and stay in Arthouse Hotel with the amazing Monday Madness offer including an overnight stay in a marvellous movie-themed hotel room and breakfast the following day for just £59 per couple.

Why not put some of those newly acquired Salsa dance moves to the test in any of the best nightclubs in Seel Street?

No need to book to attend just show up with your dancing shoes in one hand and a partner in the other and you are good to go.

Call 0151 236 0166 to book the offer or inquire any further about Salsa Monday’s email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

How to Throw a Haunted House Party Alfred Hitchcock Style

Book a stay on the Alfred Hitchcock floor at Arthouse Hotel and have a scream this Halloween in Liverpool with all your friends.

Halloween is just around the corner so we’ve taken a look at how the master of macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, chose to celebrate his love of horror and haunting. The bash he threw for the Warner Brother top brass in March 1956 showed that Halloween must have surely been his favourite time of year.

7 East 80th Street haunted house party

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Our Hitchcock movie-themed hotel rooms are dedicated to the great director and his work, to help our guests celebrate all things spooky in style.

Check out this amazing account of the spookiest party in town during 1956 at Alfred’s own horrifying New York Haunted House Party.

The perfect party location

In true Hitchcock fashion, it was all about location, location, location when it came to planning his grand New York Haunted House Party.

Hitchcock Haunted House Party search

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He sent out his team, Young and Rubicam, to track down a Hitchcock appropriate venue to host his hotly anticipated house party.

  • The stipulation was that the venue should;
  • Be able to cater to a number of VIP guests
  • Have a glamorous yet chilling interior
  • And most importantly have its very own supernatural presence

The task at hand seemed daunting at first when the team first attempts to secure out a genuine haunted house in New York.

The Wine Cellars of Brooklyn Bridge

They came up trumps with Hitchcock’s first two criteria but were stumped time and time again when it came to finding a real live haunted house.

Luckily a tip came in that the wine cellars under the Brooklyn Bridge ticked all the boxes on Hitchcock’s list.

Together Young and Rubicam and an excited Mr Hitchcock took a tour of the cellars and discovered, at last, the ideal space in which to host Hitchcock’s epic Halloween bash.

Brooklyn Bridge Wine Cellars

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The walls were dripping, dank and dark and even the whispers of the team members echoed around the cavernous space creating ghostly whispers.

Sadly a Hitch presented itself.

There was no plumbing throughout the cellars and Hitchcock’s most distinguished guests could not expect to go without washrooms for the entire shindig. Prices for temporary fixtures were assembled totalling $800.

The wine cellars were a no go and the search continued.

The Old Merchants House

The people of New York all began to get involved in the search and tips kept rolling in about supposedly haunted buildings that were ideal for Hitchcock’s house of horrors.

The Old Merchant House was scouted as another possible venue. The perfectly preserved period home was ideally spooky and was rumoured to have ghosts of its very own.

The Old Merchant House

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Those who inherited The Old Merchant House told stories of ghostly happenings. Convinced that nine members of the Treadwell family who lived and died on the property continued to haunt it they opened the home up as a museum.

Hitchcock, upon visiting the house was overjoyed with the preservation of the home and believed it would make a smashing venue for his VIP haunted house party.

The Old Merchant House 2

source: landmarkinteriorsAgain, it was not to be as the kin of the Treadwell family could not consider a party being held inside their historical landmark giving Hitchcock and his team a blunt no when the idea was suggested.

The search went on.

Today The Old Merchant House is still perfectly preserved and receives regular visitors with a keen interest in the history of the home and its haunting past.

Last resorts

Taking matters into his own hand Hitchcock reached out to the American Psychic Research Society who responded that New York had become too modern a city to host any sort of supernatural spirit.

Hitchcock then placed an advert in The Times real estate section asking for people to call in with any ideas. Young and Rubicam were bombarded with over 100 telephone calls a day but none of the leads could conjure evidence or even stories of ghostly presences in their proposed properties.

Hitchcock's The Times Real Estate Ad

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There were suggestions of homes in Jackson Heights with real graves in the garden, a place in Englewood for sale with reports of a poltergeist but Hitchcock preferred to stay in the city centre.

On Staten Island, there was an agent trying to rent his property to Hitchcock for $5000 because it had nightly spiritual torments which gave Hitchcock chills but not because of the ghosts.

The Winning Location

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After his short but exhaustive search for the most haunted house in New York Hitchcock and his team settled on the towering townhouse on 7 East 80TH Street.

The abandoned cobweb-laden mansion was sans spirits but Hitchcock’s patience was spent and he settled for a venue that looked haunted but wasn’t.

7 East 80th Street stairs

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This was no problem for the master of suspense and horror as he and his crew set to work stirring up the dusty corners of the extensive property and adding some eerie extra touches here and there.

Hitchcock placed coffin shaped bars around the home, and well placed hidden speakers provided spooky moans and groans of fictional ghoulies throughout the building.

7 East 80th Street house party host

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Using the ancient furnishings to his benefit Hitchcock accentuated the decay of century-old paintings, elaborate antique chandeliers and thick dusty drapes. The perfect mood lighting was installed and Hitchcock’s haunted house party was finally taking shape.

The Monstrous Menu

A stickler for the finer details Hitchcock ensured that if he couldn’t frighten his guests with real ghosts he would try instead with his party menu.

Inside the carefully crafted Tombstone Shaped invitations guests received a copy of this cleverly conceived menu of the macabre;

Carte de Morte

Aperitifs

Morbid Morgue Mussels, Suicide Suzettes avec Crepe, Consommé de Cobra, Vicious-Soisse

Entree

Home-Fried Homicide, Ragout of Reptile, Charcoal-broiled Same-Witch Legs, Corpse Croquettes, Barbecued Banshee au Gratin, Opium Omelette en Brochette, Stuffed Stiffs with Hard Sauce, Gibbeted Giblets, Monster Thermidor, Tormented Tortillas, Ghoulish Goulash, Blind Bats en casserole

Dessert

Fromage d’Abbatoir, Python Pudding, Morphine Meringue Glace, Fresh cut Lady Fingers (in season)

The Liqueurs

 Bloody Marys, Anisette d’Arsenic, Hennessy’s Heroin, Dead Grand-dad, Formaldehyde Frappe

Guests came dressed to impress in all manners of upper-class attire, and photos show that the drinks were flowing as the spookfest played out.

7 East 80th Street Party cake - LIFE

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On top of all the extravagant food, there was also a detailed party cake made to resemble a church and graveyard, complete with inedible cobwebs draped across so that it almost looked a part of the house.

Not to leave things to chance Hitchcock utilised his movie know how to give his guests an extra fright in the night.

7 East 80th Street man in bed

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One of his cheeky tricks included a decrepit old man left in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Clever makeup and special effects made this character seem like he could have been left to pass away in the house and forgotten.

This was not the only haunting house party Hitchcock threw during his years as master of suspense. Other notorious party rumours circulate about the director hosting events in LA where guests were handed shovels and asked to exhume several buried skulls bureid around the property garden.

Hitchcock and Shovel

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If we could attend any Halloween party we think Hitchcock’s soirées might have been the most terrifying ones of all time.

Staying with Arthouse Hotel on the Hitchcock floor

We know that any party might pale in comparison to Hitchcock’s fright fests but there are plenty of spooky happenings going on during Halloween in Liverpool 2017.

Hitchcock Arthouse Hotel room

Book to stay in one of our Hitchcock hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel this Halloween and prepare to be dazzled by the décor and enticed by the exquisite ensuite bathrooms.

Arthouse Hotel is right in the middle of all the best Halloween action taking place in Liverpool. Make sure you get yourselves booked into one of our Hitchcock themed suites or our other movie-themed hotel rooms and have yourself a scream this Halloween.

Call 0151 601 8801, email info@sigantureliving.co.uk or check out some of our best accommodation offers here and book direct.

Say So Long to Your Single Life with a Stag Party at Arthouse Hotel

Kiss goodbye to your boyhood and usher in the new married you by organising a night for you and the rest of your squad with a superb stag party in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel.

Time to say farewell to carefree nights of madness with the boys, staying out all hours of the night . . . and the next day and hello to thank you cards, couples dinners and spending the rest of your life with your one and only.

Here’s how you say so long to single life in style at Arthouse Hotel.

Book Liverpool’s greatest group accommodation

Rocky Horror room - stag party in Liverpool

We know you boys and when it comes to booking your hotel room in Liverpool you’ll simply be looking for somewhere affordable where you can sleep in a bed, close enough to all the party action.

We’ve ticked off a few of your requirements at Arthouse Hotel but gone further to provide you guys with utterly memorable group accommodation in the heart of the city.

Our marvellous movie themed suites can sleep groups of up to six in superbly stylish surroundings and have all the perks of a luxury five-star hotel without that luxury price tag.

Each room at Arthouse Hotel has been themed around a classic movie, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Hitchcock’s Psycho and the plush décor includes swathes of flashy leather, lush velvet bedspreads and eye-catching movie motifs.

Every room comes complete with audio systems for all your musical needs, a 50” TV and exquisite ensuite facilities.

We have suites with their own kitchenettes, large fridges for all your pre-party beers and to get you looking your best for the night ahead indulge yourselves with a soak in the double whirlpool baths.

Ensuite bathroom Arthouse hotel stag party in Liverpool

Don’t skimp on a stag party in Liverpool when you can the very best group accommodation in the city for a very agreeable price.

Get some scran in

It’s no secret that Liverpool has a massive choice of excellent restaurants that serve food from all over the world.

Luckily for a stag party in Liverpool, there’s one place where you can wrap your lips around perfect pizzas with every topping imaginable. Just below your awesome Liverpool hotel room, you’ll find Seel Street’s latest addition; Mulholland.

Mulholland bar - stag party in Liverpool

The menu here focuses on providing the perfect pizza for anyone, if you’re a veggie you can chow down on Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper slices or for the meat eaters among you there’s toppings ranging from Chilli con Carne Nacho to Chorizo, Pastrami and Roasted pepper.

Pizza at Mulholland Bar - food for stag party in Liverpool

Whats more, Mulholland’s bar is stocked to the brim with a variety of real ales, premium spirits and quality cocktails that will get you all in the mood for a great night out in Liverpool.

All this on the lower floor of the amazing Arthouse Hotel.

We told you we had it all and now you must be a believer.

Take your pick from the best bars in town

Alma de Cuba - stag party in Liverpool

Seel Street falls nicely in the centre of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, the Ropewalks, and lucky for you guys Arthouse Hotel opens up right onto it.

This is where to be seen in the city and where you and the boys can guarantee an unforgettable taste of Liverpool’s famous nightlife.

Choose from a huge selection of trendy bars and clubs such as Alma de Cuba, where you’ll find scantily clad samba dancers. Empire for multiple choice themed floors or Heebie Jeebies where the cool kids are at. Each of these popular nightlife venues serves up a quality atmosphere with drinks to match and are open into the wee small hours of the morning.

If you’ve got a taste for big beers then make your way to Salt Dog Slims where a Stein is the popular drink of choice.

Feeling fancy? Why not descend into Maya where you and the lads can select your poison from a list of seriously strong cocktails. Mixed to perfection inside a bar themed around Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

Maya - cocktail bar for stag parties in Liverpool

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Later on, when the nights in full swing make your way upstairs at Peacock’s where you’ll find the roof is on fire as the DJ pumps out sounds of deep house that will get your party dancing on into the next morning.

Best of all, when everyone is spent and the sun is coming up your luxury Liverpool hotel is right where you left it, at the heart of all the best action in town. So you and your group can walk past all those sleeping looking people waiting for taxis knowing your bed is just a short walk away.

You and your group will have the pleasure of walking past all those sleepy people waiting for taxis smugly knowing your bed is just a short walk away.

Heaven.

Why you should stay at Arthouse Hotel

Summer Offers Arthouse Hotel

It’s all at your fingertips when you’re staying at Arthouse Hotel, the best bars, clubs and restaurants are within short walking distance so you and the guys don’t need a sat nav to get to and from all the good bits of the city.

Our superb hotel is outfitted with partying in mind so you’ll all be in one fabulous room. You can toast to the memory of your life as a single bloke and enjoy time with the boys as they send you off into a life of matrimonial bliss.

Call on 0151 601 8801 and speak with one of our reservations staff, they’ll help you plan the best stag party in Liverpool and give you great advice on where to spend your time in the city.

You can also email any queries on info@signatureliving.co.uk.