The Best Christmas Movies for a Wintry Night in this Festive Season

The festive season is looming and that involves copious amounts of Christmas eatables and numerous wintry movies. We’ve assembled a selection of some of the greatest festive movies to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Arthouse Hotel is the ultimate spot to bring friends together for the complete cinematic experience. So, why not immerse yourself in and explore Liverpool’s most unique hotel.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life is an undisputable staple of Christmas movie viewing. Frank Capra’s depiction of a suicidal building banker (George Bailey) and his Scrooge-like awakening has nestled its way into movie folklore as a festive classic.

This greyscale, festive fairytale follows Bailey on Christmas Eve 1945. In the movie the protagonist is visited by Clarence Odbody, a celestial messenger who shows the downtrodden banker exactly what he has to live for.

Drawing upon Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), the otherworldly Odbody prompts a phrase that is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas movie spirit: “Merry Christmas, movie house!”

Home Alone (1990)


Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas vein with its festive soundtrack and slapstick shenanigans, Home Alone is a Christmassy masterpiece. Macaulay Culkin’s portrayal of the loveable, albeit hyperreactive Kevin McCallister, is both legendary and heartwarming.

That said, the shovel smacked Joe Pesci and the tarantula covered Daniel Stern would almost certainly disagree.

Not only is this Christmas classic ideal for those wintry nights, but it is also certain to amuse the Ebenezer in every family.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol is Christmas in a nutshell. Written by Charles Dickens in 1843, this festive monograph arguably invented the celebration we recognise today. Nevertheless, Joseph Mankiewicz’s adaptation is iconic. Despite its greyscale depiction of Ebenezer Scrooge and his supernatural companions, this cinematic pioneer captures the essence of Christmas.

That said, Michael Caine’s A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) is Mankiewicz’s greatest competitor as any festive movie is enhanced by musical cabbages and skating penguins.

Love Actually (2003)

Richard Curtis’ Christmas-themed romantic comedy is a modern classic. This star-spangled, multi-narrative movie is both corny and joyous in equal measure, perfect for Christmas Eve viewing.

Love Actually is a must-watch for your festive film catalogue. Starring the prime ministerial Hugh Grant, alongside a plethora of lovestruck characters, this festive staple is here to stay this Christmas.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is a bubbleheaded orphan nurtured by Santa Clause and his assembly of elves in the North pole who travels to New York City to locate his biological father. This nonsensical, clownish Christmas comedy – which was released seven days before Love Actually – is both sidesplitting and, unusually tearjerking.

Prepare for numerous quotable catchphrases as the loveable Elf (Ferrell) bounces about the New York cityscape draped in khaki clad and pointy headgear.

Jon Favreau and David Berenbaum’s Elf is unmissable festive viewing for the entire family this Christmas.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we have a multitude of amazing offers for celebrating Christmas in Liverpool. Bring your family together for a comfortable stay in Liverpool this festive season.

Take advantage of our excellent facilities and movie-inspired rooms over the Christmas period.

So, come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organize a magical stay at Arthouse. You can contact us on 0151 601 8801.

 

Christmas Nights Out on Seel Street

It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time for Christmas nights out, festive feels and getting merry.

If you’re planning a yuletide getaway in Liverpool or just going all out for Christmas nights out, take a look at some of the most festive things to do around the Arthouse Hotel this Christmas season.

Christmas Parties at Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a Christmas night out with a difference this year at Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner. The UK’s first singing waiter diner is the place to be to get you in the festive spirit this December.

Mulholland serves a wide range of diner treats, from indulgent million-dollar milkshakes to cocktails, pizza and hot dogs with a musical themed twist.

Look forward to hearing your favourite musical hits performed in style as our talented waiters serve you and sing at the same time! What better way to celebrate the festive season with your co-workers, friends or family?

Christmas Nights out at Alma de Cuba

There’s no place in Liverpool quite like Alma de Cuba and the festive season is no different. There’s still time for Christmas nights out, so get in touch and get one of the best booths in Liverpool. Pick up to eight of your favourite friends and party into the early hours in an intimate setting.

Or have Christmas dinner with a Cuban twist, the Christmas menu features a delightful choice of Christmas dishes and Latin American delicacies. You can also head to Alma for Christmassy tunes and seasonal sparkle as the DJ and Samba dancers transport you to a whole new world. With stylish cocktails and carnival flair, it’ll be one of your Christmas nights out that you won’t forget in a hurry.

With the former church transformed into a winter wonderland, there’s no other bar and restaurant quite like Alma de Cuba at Christmas!

Festive Bars Along Seel Street

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There’s one thing for sure on Seel Street and that’s that there is no shortage of places to enjoy a festive tipple. The people of Liverpool have well and truly got into the festive spirit, with grottos and seasonal sparkle at every turn.

If you can tear yourself away from Mulholland and Alma de Cuba, Kazimier Gardens is the perfect place to cosy up with a mulled wine. The outdoor venue is twinkly at the best of times but Christmas seems even more magical, wrap up warm to enjoy all the delights the bar has to offer!

If you want to work for your festive rewards this year, try and find Miracle on Seel Street. The secret Liverpool bar is tucked away above Salt Dog Slims and is a Christmas grotto like you’ve never seen before. The adults-only venue will treat drinkers to Eggnog, mulled wine and festive cocktails as well as Christmas themed bar bites.

Stay at Arthouse Hotel on Your Christmas Nights Out

There’s no denying that Christmas is a time for plenty of drinks and good times, don’t spoil your night by having to leave early to get the last train home to try and fight for a taxi.

Go all out this year and book to stay in one of Arthouse Hotel’s amazing movie-themed hotel rooms or the brand new Skyline Suites which offer the very best views of Liverpool city centre.

Choose your favourite musical, favourite Hitchcock horror or indulge in the most decadent hotel suites in Liverpool and make sure the party on Seel Street doesn’t end too soon.

Call us today or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your last minute Christmas hotel room now!

Enjoy Disney Sundays at Liverpool’s Singing Waiter Diner

Mulholland is the UK’s first singing waiter diner! Based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, the popular venue hosts Disney Sundays at the weekend, perfect for a family day out or birthday treat.

The showstopping diner has something for everyone! Certain to bring out your inner big kid, you’ll find yourself singing along at Mulholland in no time.

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Bringing a sprinkle of Broadway magic to Liverpool, Mulholland Singing Diner will transport you to a whole new world! The feel-good venue will lift your spirits as you sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Disney Sundays at Mulholland

Disney Sundays bring your favourite movies to life as our talented singing waiters take centre stage. From Disney classics to the hit musicals of recent years, you can look forward to a wide range of Disney themed entertainment.

So, why not Be Our Guest this Sunday? Our fabulous waiters are known for their dazzling service guaranteed to impress. Disney Sundays are the perfect way to round off the weekend with some feel-good entertainment and childhood nostalgia.

Mulholland serves a wide range of delicious pizzas, hot dogs and sides with musical themed twists. Plus, our American inspired diner serves up unmissable million-dollar milkshakes for the ultimate treat.

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A Showstopping Success

The atmosphere of Mulholland is truly one of a kind. We’ve had rave reviews since launching this autumn and have even been featured on BBC News.

Some of our most recent reviewers on Facebook have said:

“Just visited with friends and kids – would highly recommend, food lovely and tasty , kids loved it and where kept entertained, loads of space for the kids to play and dance – the staff where fab, very friendly and efficient and the singing was amazing- I have booked again for next week. It brought out the inner child in me all the fab music and songs. The kids where gutted when we left – fantastic family friendly venue.” – Melissa Mensah

“Went here for lunch for my sisters hen do and couldn’t have asked for a better time! Amazing singing and atmosphere, waiters are so nice and even came and personally sang a song to my sister! Already want to go back. Plus was incredibly cheap because we had 50% off. All the party where buzzing leaving there.” – Laura Prescott

“Booked a table here for my friends birthday, food was fab……. but the service was the highlight of the night, really lovely people in there they really do go that extra mile to cater to you. We will be back and we will be recommending this place to all our friends. Your restaurant really does stand out from the crowd, thanks for a lovely night” – Melissa Woods

Movie-Themed Stays at Arthouse Hotel

Mulholland is located on dynamic Seel Street within Liverpool’s movie-themed Arthouse Hotel. The unique party hotel is perfect for celebrating special occasions in the city. We always have a wide range of special offers to choose from, ensuring your stay is nothing short of magical!

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Our Family Sing & Stay offer is particularly popular for those wanting to experience both the hotel and the diner. To enquire, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0151 601 8801. 

Mulholland Singing Diner – Bringing a Sprinkle of Stardust to Seel Street

Do you love musicals, enjoy singing along to your favourite tunes at any given moment and adore tasty food too? Come along to Mulholland Singing Diner, the ultimate musical experience in the heart of Liverpool.

Join us and our dazzling singing waiters as they serve up tasty American food and million dollar shakes, alongside a spectacular soundtrack of hit musical numbers, 80s power ballads and much more. The UK’s first singing diner, Mulholland captures the sparkling atmosphere of Broadway.

The Dazzling Entertainment

At Mulholland Singing Diner, our waiters are far from ordinary. Liverpool is renowned for being the home of some of the best musical talents around, that’s why it comes as no surprise that 16 of Liverpool’s best singers are ready to perform for you at our diner!

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Each of our talented servers were handpicked to showcase their talent at this unique new musical experience. All have with either performed in musical theatre shows and stage productions, or are currently studying at various performing arts colleges across Liverpool including LIPA, Liverpool Theatre School, RARE, John Moore’s University, Van Netten school of performing arts and MAD.

Lucky guests can expect to hear a range of tunes, from famous movie soundtracks, to 80s power ballads, Disney hits and magical musical numbers. Plus, if you’re a die hard Disney fan, come along to our Disney Sundays and enjoy all your favourite hits sung live!

The Million Dollar Shakes

From Naked Milkshakes, to Tipsy Milkshakes and Cake Milkshakes, it’s fair to say Mulholland is the number one destination for shake lovers! Whether you love a boozy tipple or one bursting with sweetness and flavour, we have the perfect, refreshing drink for you.

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Try our Mint Choc Chip, made up of Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, vanilla vodka, crushed Oreos, milk and cream mixed together with hundreds and thousands and whipped cream Maltesers. Or, if you’ve got a major sweet tooth, tuck into one of our spectacular Cake Shakes. Choose from either chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milkshake, topped with a chocolate or strawberry doughnut, drenched in a cream and caramel sauce and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands.

Of course, it’s not all about the million dollar milkshakes, we also have an extensive cocktail list. From classic mixes like the Cosmo, Daiquiri, Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea, to our house specials, we know how to shake up a storm. Why not indulge in the Butterscotch Martini, featuring Butterscotch Schnapps, Baileys and fresh milk shaken into a chilled martini glass with a yummy hundreds and thousands chocolate rim.

The Classic American Food

If all those cocktails and shakes has got you feeling peckish, look no further than the delicious Mulholland food menu. Inspired by the great American diners across the pond, our tasty menu includes some the classic dishes that make everyone’s mouths water.

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From scrumptious pizzas, to loaded hot dogs, stacked nachos and stuffed wraps, we really know how to treat you. And of course, Mulholland has music running through its foundations, so our food menu celebrates that!

Each dish on our menu is named after one of our favourite songs, musicals, films, artists or characters, but with a fun foodie twist. There’s the Bare Necessities, a delicious Bockwurst hotdog topped with ketchup, French’s American mustard and crispy onions.  Or our Somewhere Over the Rainbow nachos featuring multicoloured nachos with cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

If you really fancy a pizza, why not grab a slice of our Spice Girls pizza? You can go for the Baby Slice which is our four cheese, or the Scary Slice, topped with chorizo, pastrami and sweet chilli peppers. Posh Spice is a tasty combination of goats’ cheese, caramelised red onions, spinach and chilli flakes, or try steak, pepperoni, red peppers and BBQ sauce if you love Sporty Spice. Last but certainly not least, Ginger Slice features all thing red, pepperoni, peppers, tomatoes and red Leicester cheese!

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It wouldn’t be a trip to a classic American diner without a huge dessert to end the meal, and at Mulholland we offer some of the most mouth-watering in Liverpool. Choose from the Hopelessly Devoted to Goo, homemade brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Or maybe, Do you Waffle Build a Snowman? A yummy mix of waffles served with banana, cinnamon sugar, caramel sauce and ice cream.

As you can see, at Mulholland Singing Diner we really know how to put on a show. From truly dazzling entertainment from our marvellous singing waiters, to the indulgent million dollar shakes and heavenly food menu, you’re sure to find something to tingle your taste buds.

If you’re in the mood to sing and be sang to, book your table for Mulholland Singing Diner. Give us a call on 0151 305 7900 or email us at book@mulhollandsingingdiner.co.uk. 

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Sing-a-longs & Shakes | Book a Kids’ Party at Mulholland Singing Diner Today

There’s A Whole 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 Diner as 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.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

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

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

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.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

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!

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Situated on Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique hotel with stylish rooms inspired by films including Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz, Grease and the Sound of Music. Check out our incredible packages today for unmissable deals to make your child’s birthday the ultimate movie experience.

To book a children’s party at Mulholland Singing Diner or an Arthouse Hotel room, call our team today on 0151 205 7900.

The Musical Diner in Liverpool Perfect for Greatest Showman Fans

The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.

Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.

The Best of The Greatest Showman

To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…

The All Star Cast

It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.

The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.

A Heartwarming Story

The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.

The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.

Celebrating Our Differences

Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.

Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!

The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack

The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.

The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.

Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.

Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!

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What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?

Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool

Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.

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We always have a wide range of unmissable offers to choose from. Our packages are designed to ensure you can make the most of your experience.

To book your stay or find out more about Mulholland Bar & Restaurant, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801 or head over to our Facebook page.

Movie Diners | The Most Famous American Diners on Screen

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…

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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.

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The Frosty Palace in Grease

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

The Spookiest Halloween Cinema Events in Liverpool

As the days get shorter, darkness descends earlier, the leaves change colour and the pumpkin emoji is in full force, Halloween lovers can begin to rejoice. That’s right, the spookiest time of the year is upon us and to celebrate we’ve put together a guide to some of the scariest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool.

From terrifying immersive screenings, to spine-tingling experiences with live music and lots of frights, these ghoulish films and gruesome TV shows are sure to have you jumping out of your seat. And don’t forget to book a stay in Liverpool’s movie-themed hotel for the ultimate Halloween celebration.

Watch Psycho with a Live Orchestra

When: 31 October

Where: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

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If you’re looking for a Halloween cinema event that is sure to give you a fright, look no further than the Philharmonic’s screening of Psycho. The sinister motel, that strange young man, the sheer terror that lurks behind the shower curtain and the stabbing violins of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho have become the soundtrack to all our nightmares. Watch this classic Hitchcock Halloween horror film accompanied by a live orchestra that will really bring out Bernard Herrmann’s chilling music. Why not carry on the fun and book a stay in one of our Hitchcock rooms? From Pyscho, to The Birds, Suspicion and Stage Fright, there’s plenty of spooky themed rooms to enjoy.

Night at the Museum with Donnie Darko

When: 26 October

Where: British Music Experience

Enjoy one of the all-time great cult classics, Donnie Darko, in the British Music Experience after hours for the ultimate spooky experience. During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie sleepwalks out of his house one night and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness – or will the world really end? This chilling and mysterious film is the perfect celebration of Halloween, with an impressive soundtrack from Echo and the Bunnymen and Tears for Fears, prepare for your imagination to run away with you.

Get Scary with a Screening of The Ring

When: 31 October

Where: Camp and Furnace

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Prepare for one of the creepiest ASBO Halloween cinema events yet, as Camp and Furnace screen the terrifying Ring. Expect popcorn wars, scary themed cocktails, a spooky photo booth, confetti canons and dangerously scary surprises. You and your mates are sure to be hiding behind each other as you watch that fateful videotape that leads to the inevitable phone call. Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be some ghoulish prizes for the best dressed.

Enjoy the Rocky Horror Picture Show

When: 31 October

Where: FACT

This Halloween, independent cinema FACT are screening the all time classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A film that tells the story of all-American couple Janet and Brad, who find themselves facing a night of frights and frolics after their car breaks down outside an old dark house. Meet the spooky Dr Frank N. Furter and all manner of kinky Transylvanians in this cult musical comedy. And don’t forget, if you really want to make the most of Halloween, why not book a stay in our spooky Rocky Horror Picture Show themed room, just a stones throw from FACT.

Have a Fright at the Palm House

When: 29 – 31 October

Where: Palm House, Sefton Park

This Halloween the Palm House is giving us all a treat by screening a number of terrifyingly eerie films. From the family friendly Hocus Pocus, to Mommie Dearest, Gremlins and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this stunning venue has pulled out all the stops this year. But if you really want to scare yourself, don’t miss the screenings of the terrifying Dracula and Wes Craven’s slasher, Nightmare on Elm Street.

Discover the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors

When: 24 October

Where: 81 Renshaw

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Next on our list of the best Halloween cinema events is more of a nostalgic throwback to TV royalty than a film. Head to 81 Renshaw Street where they’ll be taking their pick of the best Treehouse of Horror specials and enjoy a haunted Simpsons themed Halloween. They will also be offering plenty of wicked food and drink, and the bar will also be hosting a quiz where some lucky winners could walk away with great Simpsons goodies.

Enter the Secret Halloween Cinema

When: 31 October

Where: Underground Liverpool

Last but certainly not least on our guide to the very best and spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool is a mysterious secret experience full of haunting frights and surprises. Hosted in the Underground, this chilling event features a unique 4D cinema experience. There will also be freaky fairground games, themed entertainment and a whole host of actors and scarers that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

An Enchanting Stay at Arthouse

Have a truly unforgettable Halloween and book a stay at Liverpool’s most unique movie-themed hotel. We love to celebrate the wonderful, weird and simply spooky which means Halloween is certainly one of our favourite holidays. Located in the heart of Liverpool’s buzzing nightlife scene on Seel Street, this spooky hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a scary night of horror films.

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From our spectacular Hitchcock themed floor that features a Psycho room, The Birds and many more, to the extravagant Rocky Horror Picture Show room, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect film for you and your group.

If you’re not a Hitchcock fan, check out the eerie Phantom of the Opera suite and the chilling Chicago room, Arthouse Hotel offers horror lovers the perfect fright. You’ll find everything you could wish for right within your room.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool. To enquire further or to book your stay with Arthouse Hotel, you can contact us on 0151 305 7900 today. Our friendly team will be able to find the ideal room for you and your group for the ultimate Halloween overnight stay.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT & Stay for Halloween in Liverpool

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.

Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.

This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.

Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.

Dr Frank-N-Furter

A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.

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He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.

Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.

Brad

Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.

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The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.

Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.

Janet

Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.

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When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.

Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.

Riff Raff

The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.

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Riff Raff has other plans and seems to hate being on earth, wishing to return home he eventually stages a mutiny against Frank-N-Furter.

To dress as Riff Raff for Halloween in Liverpool you would need a hunchback, frayed suit with tail coat and bald cap wig.

Magenta

Sister of Riff Raff and alien from Transsexual Transylvania, Magenta plays the maid of the household but again is really serving as Frank-N-Furter’s aid.

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She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.

Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.

Columbia

One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.

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Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.

Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.

Rocky

The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.

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Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.

To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.

Eddie

The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.

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The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.

During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.

Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.

The Guests

In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.

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Their outfits are mainly tuxes with whacky wigs, big sunglasses, gloves, top hats and pops of colour.

The Rocky Horror Room at Arthouse Hotel

After watching the movie screening at FACT cinema this Halloween in Liverpool enjoy a night out in the nearby bars and clubs of Seel Street. There’s plenty of places that welcome fancy dress in Liverpool and all are within a short walking distance of Arthouse Hotel.

The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.

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The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.

Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.

Book your stay for an amazing Halloween in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk along with tickets to see Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT cinema here.

The Best Autumn Movies for a Cosy Night In this Season

There’s an autumn chill in the air and that calls for plenty of cosy film nights! If you’re stuck for what to watch, we’ve compiled a go-to list of some of the best autumn movies of all time.

Arthouse Hotel is the perfect spot to bring friends together for the ultimate autumn night in. So, why not enjoy a spectacular group stay at the most unique hotel in Liverpool?

The Best Autumn Movies

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You’ve Got Mail is without a doubt one one of the best autumn movies of all time. Witten and directed by Nora Ephron, this cosy film captures the feel-good essence of 90s nostalgia.

Find yourself immersed in the story of Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) as they exchange anonymous thoughts via dial-up internet and simultaneously cross paths on the streets of New York.

Harvesting the back-to-school season with one memorable line, Tom Hanks reads: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Arguably Nora Ephron’s most famous film, When Harry Met Sally is another autumnal gem, perfect for a lazy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate. Get ready to be charmed by this mismatched duo as they stroll the leafy streets of Central Park to a truly charming soundtrack.

Not forgetting, Harry and Sally showcase a flawless autumn wardrobe. From cosy knitwear and roll-neck jumpers to stylish bowler hats, this iconic movie is sure to leave you with plenty of outfit ideas.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting is a must-watch for your autumn movies list. Starring Matt Damon alongside the late Robin Williams, this triumphant tale won an impressive 5 awards at the 1998 Academy Awards.

Prepare for plenty of words of wisdom as inspiring therapist (Williams) attempts to treat a young genius (Damon) amidst the scenic Boston foliage.

The Harry Potter Franchise

A day of autumn movies wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of Hogwarts magic. The Harry Potter franchise is perfect for binge watching on a rainy day this October and November.

Literally showcasing the back-to-school feeling, Harry Potter has it all. From knitted jumpers and candlelit pumpkins to woodland adventures, revisiting Harry Potter is a must for this autumn.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Creating an enchanting autumn backdrop, this Disney classic invite you to the mystical town of Salem. A family favourite for the autumn season, Hocus Pocus tells the tale of the Sanderson sisters.

The 3 mischievous witches are accidentally brought back to life, and with their immortality at stake, this fun-filled adventure is sure to keep you hooked!

 Offers in Liverpool – Arthouse Hotel

At Arthouse Hotel, we have a range of fantastic offers for spending autumn in Liverpool in style. Bring your nearest and dearest together for a cosy stay in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

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You can look forward to making the most of our indulgent facilities and atmospheric movie-themed rooms. Our glamorous Psycho room and weird and wonderful Rocky Horror Show room are particular favourites over the Halloween period.

So, what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear from you today to plan an unforgettable stay with us! You can reach us on 0151 601 8801.