There’s AWhole New World launching in Liverpool and it’s the perfect place to host a birthday party for any Disney-loving kids or musical-obsessed teens.
Go The Distance this year and give your child a birthday party they’ll never forget at the UK’s first singing diner in Liverpool. Prepare to be star-struck at Mulholland Singing Dineras our showstopping waiters take you on a musical journey through Disney hits, musical favourites and movie number ones.
Capturing the sparkling spirit of Broadway, Mulholland is the ultimate birthday party venue for kids everywhere, offering delicious food, incredible entertainment and a chance for everyone to Let It Go!
Enjoy a unique musical experience at the Mulholland Singing Diner
Join us for a pitch perfect musical experience in the centre of the city – ideal for a kids’ celebratory day out or unforgettable evening meal. From famous movie soundtracks to the very best 80s ballads for all the family to enjoy, our incredible waiters will have you singing along in no time as they serve up delectable state-side meals and million-dollar shakes for a birthday party like no other.
The perfect experience for a little star in the making, or a wannabe girl-group looking for a fabulous day out, Be Prepared to be wowed at this exclusive dining experience in the heart of Liverpool.
Our incredible Singing Waiters
Whether you’re a musical fanatic or you’ve only watched one Disney movie, there’s something for everyone at Mulholland Singing Diner. After all, There’s No Business Like Show Business so book your table now to enjoy a sprinkle of stardust on your little one’s birthday celebrations.
Tuck into a showstopping celebratory menu
Teen parties can get stuck into a state-side menu, full of classic American favourites and unique Mulholland specialties (all with a musical touch).
Be Our Guest as you pick from multi-coloured nachos, musical-themed hot dogs and Spice-Girl based pizzas plus much, much more. Why not enjoy our Do you waffle build a snowman? Or tuck into The Greatest Showman Sundae packed with brownie pieces, ice cream, marshmallows, a side of candyfloss and All That Jazz? Our service is Greased Lightnin’-special with a side of musical accompaniment, so there won’t be a dull moment once you step inside our Seel Street set.
And for younger movie-stars, our kids menu offers all the fun in smaller portions: pick from sandwiches and wraps, two-topping pizzas and delectable ice-cream treats to fill hungry mouths.
And of course, a diner isn’t a diner without milkshakes galore – and at Mulholland, no kid’s party is complete without one of our million-dollar shakes. You’ll love our Cake Shakes that seem to be Defying Gravity with their sumptuous toppings of cream, doughnuts, hundreds and thousands and sweet treats!
Make it a night like no other with a stay at Arthouse Hotel
Dial up the movie-mania for an ultimate film-themed birthday experience with a stay in one of our eclectic Arthouse Hotel suites. Sleeping up to 12, these luxurious rooms are perfect for children’s parties, offering plenty of space for excitable party guests and incredible in-room amenities such as flat-screen TVs, jacuzzi baths and even pools!
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!
Bold. Flashy. Eccentric. That’s three words to describe the cult legend of Andy Warhol. The father figure of pop art is famous for capturing humanity’s obsession with celebrity culture and advertising in his experimental film, painting and sculpture.
But like his art, the flashy, grey-haired provocateur had a complex backstory behind his eccentric lifestyle. In fact, his life is full of intriguing anecdotes and unusual quirks. Did you know these 10 facts about Andy Warhol?
1. He was a devote Catholic…
Although we associated Warhol with his provocative art and subversive entourage, he grew up as a practicing Ruthenian Catholic. His parents immigrated to the US from Slovakia and brought their religious beliefs with them. As an adult, the famous artist continued to practice his religion, attending mass at Manhattan’s Upper East Side most days.
The iconic painter wore a crucifix necklace, carried a rosary and was a regular volunteer at the church-lead soup kitchen in his neighbourhood.
Warhol posing in front of a print of The Last Supper Source: Giorgio Lott i| Archivio Giorgio Lotti
2. …And a mummy’s boy
Julia Warhola was her son’s closest companion. They lived and worked together for almost two decades and the artist’s mother even appeared in his film Mrs. Warhol.
She also helped him out by providing lettering for many of his projects. Warhol’s father, Andrej, died when the artist was just 13 years old.
Julia Warhola by Andy Warhol, 1974
3. He moonlighted as the Velvet Underground’s band manager
The American rock band fronted by Lou Reed and famous for being one of the most influential groups on rock, underground and experimental music were briefly managed by Warhol.
In 1965, after being introduced to the band, Warhol became their manager. He hlped the band secure a recording contract with MGM’s Verve Records and acted as a producer.
During this career diversion, Warhol included the Velvet Underground is his multimedia roadshow Exploding plastic Inevitable, which combined Warhol’s films with the band’s music.
4. He wore wigs to cover up a balding scalp
Warhol began to go bald in his early 20s and took to wearing wigs to obscure his hair loss. His silver wigs became iconic, contributing to his image as a mad-hat artist and provocateur.
One of his most famous pieces, a series of self-portraits called Fright Wig, utilised his fake hair to create a now legendary image.
5. He once published a cookbook
Wild Raspberries, created by the artist and his friend Suzie Frankfurt, was a parody of pretentious French-style cook books. Published in 1959, the book included 19 illustrations and a number of recipes mocking traditional haute cuisine.
Dishes included Omelet Greta Garbo (‘to be eaten alone’) and Roast Iguana Andalusian.
6. He designed an album cover that was nominated for a Grammy Award
Warhol worked as a freelance commercial artist for companies including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and Columbia Records in the 1950s and 1960s.
He created cover art for a number of iconic bands and performers including the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. The 1971 cover for the Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Album Cover.
He didn’t win though – the accolade went to a band called Pollution.
7. He trained as a classical artist
It’s hard to believe that the iconic and subversive artist ever created anything we could define as ‘traditional art’, but Warhol actually studied at the Carnegie Institute for Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949.
During his student years, he faced some opposition from professors who didn’t wholly approve of his unique approach and he sometimes had to do additional coursework over the summer to retain a good academic standing.
After a world trip, in which he travelled to places such as Japan, India, Italy and Egypt, he began to visualise ambitions beyond commercial art and moved towards what we now would call ‘Warhol’ style work.
8. He collected taxidermy
The artist owned a number of stuffed animals, including a lion, a peacock, a penguin, a moose’s head and a Great Dane, called Cecil. Warhol bought the dog for $300 in the late 60s, and the stuffed canine stood guard outside his studio from 1969 to 1987.
The iconic artist had a soft spot for dogs – he also owned a (live) dachshund called Archie and often spent time in the company of fellow artist and actress Brigid Berlin’s pugs.
Andy Warhol and his dog, Archie. Source: Wiki Commons | Jack Mitchell
9. Someone once tried to kill him
On June 3, 1968 a radical feminist called Valeria Jean Solanas entered Warhol’s workspace, the Factory, and shot him.
She had previously been in one of Warhol’s films, I, A Man and, due to poor mental health, grew paranoid about her work and who she had been working with.
After the attack, Valeria handed herself in and was treated for paranoid Schizophrenia. Warhol suffered from damage to his lungs, oesophagus, spleen, liver and stomach but recovered after an extended stay in a New York hospital. He had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.
Valeria Jean Solanas (middle) shot Warhol with the intent to kill him
10. You can stay in an Andy Warhol-inspired hotel suite…
At the Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by the artistic efforts of Warhol to create interiors that replicate his eccentric designs. Some of our most popular suites celebrate his iconic artwork.
From the opulent Marilyn Monroe suite, to the seductive Lips, you can enjoy the visual artistry of Warhol’s most famous pieces while indulging in the luxurious amenities on offer. Whether you’re a Chelsea Girlor looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we’ve got the perfect room for your stay.
The Lips Room is inspired by one of Warhol’s most simple artworks
Sleeping up to six guests, all our Warhol suites come equipped with ultra-comfortable beds, large flat-screen TV and a Bluetooth multimedia sound system. They’ve also all got opulent bathrooms with double whirlpool baths and waterfall showers.
Arthouse Hotel is ideally located, giving guests access to the best nightlife, shopping and dining venues in the city, guaranteeing a visit to Liverpool you’ll never forget.
Safe to say, it’s been a spectacular few years. And after a decade of success, we’re pleased to announce that we’re celebrating with our #biggestevergiveaway…
Two Years of The Arthouse Hotel
Building on our previous success with party accommodation in the city, the movie-themed party pads at Arthouse gave a brand new, star-studded side to Signature’s Liverpool venues.
After the glamourous, celebrity-filled launch of the Arthouse bar (now Mulholland) which introduced Seel Street to a Signature night out, the hotel opened its doors and offered luxurious, film-themed party suites to the city’s most glamorous girl squads and party-loving man packs.
The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel
Whether you want to follow the yellow brick road to our Wizard of Oz room, or have a night of Rock Horror Show drama, our themed suites offer luxurious accommodation with incredible faculties including spa baths and ultra-comfortable beds.
And with the opening of our stunning Skyline Suites in 2017, the Arthouse had its own penthouse party pad, offering accommodation for groups of up to 12 and giving them exclusive access to an in-room roman bath for the ultimate pool parties looking out over Liverpool’s beautiful skyline.
One of our Skyline Suites, at Arthouse Hotel
In only two short year, the Arthouse has become some of Liverpool’s most popular party accommodation. With our take-over of Alma de Cuba in December 2016, we cemented ourselves as the leading night-life influence on Liverpool’s Seel Street.
It’s been a wild ride. And after 10 years of Signature success we want to give you, our followers, a giveaway like no other to celebrate #Signature10 and the excitement of the last decade…
Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living
Growing from four serviced apartments for Liverpool’s most dedicated party lovers into a national hospitality provider, Signature Living’s founders Katie and Lawrence Kenwright have realized their wildest dreams in the past 10 years.
And on the 10th anniversary of the company, the generous pair want to make your hopes and dreams a reality too.
Katie and Lawrence Kenwright
As we begin our official birthday celebrations on the 14th August, we’ll be launching Signature Living’s biggest giveaway yet. Each month for 12 months, a life-changing prize will be announced on social media – prizes that will make a real difference and change your life forever!
Katie and Lawrence want to give back to you, our Signature followers, with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and spectacular experiences.
From planting the seeds of change, to indulging in thrills like no other, all the prizes have a definite Signature touch, celebrating our ten years of unique hospitality service.
Get ready to be revved up by our unbelievable giveaway that includes sizzling-hot surprises, ice-cool adventures and sparkling Signature celebrations.
Dive into our biggest competition yet, as we jet off into 12 months of jam-packed festivities for our 10–year anniversary carnival.
You’ve been here for our biggest moments, so now we want to make your special occasions as successful and spectacular as our own.
Keep tuned into our social media, where we will be announcing our biggest giveaway yet (#biggestevergiveaway) every month! For more information on our amazing prizes, check out biggestevergiveaway.co.uk. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.