Feel-Good Movies for the January Blues

Despite our endeavors, January is probably not the most exciting month of the year; although it is the darkest, coldest and grimmest. Christmas is over, the decorations are down and everyone is drudging back into work one miserable step at a time. The January blues are certainly upon us in 2019.

Having said that, we thought we’d share with you our pick of the best feel-good movies to get you out of the post-Christmas slump.

The Pursuit of Happyness | 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness is feel-good personified. I mean, it even has the word ‘happyness’ in the title – although it is spelt wrong.

Directed by Gabriele Muccino, The Pursuit of Happyness is a must for those who are devoid of motivation in January. This feel-good movie is about a young man who, in the throes of homelessness, is trying to raise his son.

Armed with a slew of instagramable motivational quotes, ideal for helping you out of bed in the morning – the foremost being: “if you want something go get it” – The Pursuit of Happyness is as feel-good as it is heartwarming.

Grease | 1978

Memorable showtunes and magnificent dance moves: two of the reasons why Grease is the ideal feel-good movie for banishing the January blues. The most dubious ‘teenagers’ ever go a long way to have you dancing the gloom away.

Featuring on our pick of the greatest teen movies that changed pop culture forever, Grease is guaranteed to have you popping your hood like Travolta as the rain crashes down on your way to work in January.

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Another sure way to banish the blues this January is by staying in our stunning, Grease-themed room at the amazing Arthouse Hotel. You can guarantee you’re in for an exciting stay, as our room has been furnished to celebrate the hit 1978 musical.

Shape yourself up this January, you wont regret it.

500 Days of Summer | 2009

Now we know that 500 Days of Summer isn’t the happiest of happy movies, however, we believe it echoes everyone’s mood in January; not wanting to get out bed in the morning being one of them.

Indeed, this bubbling volcano of romance, comedy and everything inbetween is worthy of any January viewing on the bluest of blue days.

La La Land | 2016

La La Land is a technicolour behemoth of choreographed dance routines and musical numbers that are bound to banish the January blues.

The movie opens on a dreary overpass, and – in one swooping take – we find ourselves in the midst of a feel-good movie bursting with charm.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are awesome in La La Land as it is preposterous, ludicrous – and exactly the movie we need in January.

Mrs. Doubtfire | 1993

Released in 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire is a transvestic cauldron of madness about a man impersonating a nanny from Scotland and therefore ideal for January, when everyone could do with a laugh.

This feel-good movie is sure to have you laughing one minute and weeping the next, but don’t fear, it is wrapped up in a heartwarming bow at the end.

Mrs. Doubtfire, like The Pursuit of Happyness – and each and every one of our movies – is feel-good personified.

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As you’ve probably already guessed, we love the movies here at Arthouse Hotel.

So, why don’t you bring the entire family together and take advantage of our awesome hotel and movie-inspired rooms that wouldn’t look out of place in some of the marvelous movies listed above.

Come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organise a magical stay at Arthouse in 2019.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

The Oscars 2019: Who Should Have Hosted

For the Oscars 2019, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doing something that they haven’t done in 30 years. Yep, that’s right – the 91st Annual Academy Awards will have no host at all after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role when homophobic statements resurfaced on Twitter. Rightly so, the Academy delivered an ultimatum asking for him to apologise, but Hart has since completely pulled out of the job.

It seems the Academy has given up on the search for a new celeb to fill the post entirely and instead it is reported that the organisation will bring in various stars to pepper throughout the evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Producers have six weeks to compile a star-studded show of laughs, celebrations and awards – but we reckon we’ve got that no-host-conundrum covered. Kind of.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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One of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, John and Chrissy have somehow remained down to earth, hilarious and downright lovable despite them residing in the basically parallel universe that is La La Land.

Chrissy would probably just end up stealing the show, and if her Twitter feed is anything to go by she’d have no fear in dishing the dirt on her beloved as well as her fellow A-listers.

Will Smith

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Why didn’t this happen sooner? We want answers! Will is endearing, radiates charisma and he’s so charming that it kind of hurts a bit. We’ve never met someone who wasn’t a fan. The Fresh Prince can sing, dance and act – he’s got it all.

Someone should probably look into the fact that it’s biologically impossible to dislike Will Smith.

Rihanna

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To be honest she might as well considering she’s basically doing everything but giving us an album release.

Seriously though. Rihanna would be a great contender to host the Oscars 2019 and she’s no stranger to Hollywood especially after her role in Ocean’s 8.

Cher

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Because, well, it’s Cher.

Idris Elba

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After sending James Bond fans into a bit of a frenzy after taking his Golden Globes selfie with Daniel Craig, Idris made very little effort to try and quash rumours that he was to be the next 007.

Not only is he a great actor, but he’s very clearly a bit of a joker. Sigh, we love you Idris. The Oscars needs some of that smooth talking, funny, talented handsome-ness.

He’s also a DJ, so they’d be sorted for the afterparty. It’s a no brainer.

Sandra Bullock

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Sandra’s had a bit of a second wind and unwittingly has become a bit of a meme-queen after the success of Netflix hit Bird Box.

So, we’re basically saying if she could do the whole thing blindfolded that would be great. A huge health and safety issue but we’re pretty sure they’ll figure something out.

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig

These two make up one of the most iconic best-bud duos in Hollywood. Kristen and Maya are goofy, sharp, witty and an all-around lovable pair. Their irreverence and mischievous nature are infectious – and when they break into fits of laughter mid-bit it’s even better.

We think these two would bring welcome relief from some of the more serious (and sometimes laborious) tones of the evening.

RuPaul & Co.

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Imagine this. Michelle Visage tells Ian McKellen he needs to cinch his waist, otherwise, he’s just resting on pretty. Margot Robbie dressed as Queen Elizabeth serves us some “ooh ah sensation” as she death drops on her way to accepting her Oscar. Ru has made a decision. Olivia Coleman and Helen Mirren are to lip-sync for their lives.

This are the Oscars we deserve.

Have your own suggestions or predictions for the Oscars 2019? Come and chat with us about all things film over on our Facebook page!

If you’re a cinephile just like we are, then why not have your own Oscars-themed celebrations and book yourself into a movie-inspired room at Arthouse. Give us a call on 0151 601 8801.

Cinema | What to Look Out for in 2019

Excellence abounded at the movie theater in what was a remarkable year for cinema in 2018. From a mustachioed frontman to an opulent au pair, 2018 had something for everyone. But don’t be alarmed, 2019 is already looking like a rousing year for cinema.

So, whether you’re a would-be action hero or you go to the cinema for a bit more Hollywood glamour, 2019 has got you covered.

With this in mind, we thought we’d share with you what we’re looking forward to watching in 2019.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | 7 June 2019

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A washed-up actor and his longtime stunt double; the former played by Leonardo DiCaprio, embark upon a crusade to make a name for themselves in Charles Manson tortured Los Angeles in what is also Quentin Tarantino’s most ambitious movie for some time.

A chic-looking premise set in the context of a murderous cult and gruesome violence: it is easy to see how Once Upon a Time in Hollywood points towards a Tarantino triumph.

Brace yourselves for the comeback of the 1960s as we expect Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to not only be a cinematic success, but it could also secure DiCaprio his second Oscar.

Star Wars: Episode IX | 20 December 2019

“An emotionally resonant finale” is what J.J Abrams has promised Star Wars: Episode IX will be. Nonetheless, the final piece of the intergalactic jigsaw is sure to both wow and enrage die-hard Star Wars fans.

Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant are to join anew while Joonas Suotamo, John Boyega – now the darling of the chat show – Anthony Hamill and Oscar Isaac are set to make their noble returns.

This being the newest big-screen cosmic adventure, Star Wars: Episode IX is sure to be both an uproarious quest and financial smash.

Rocketman | 31 May 2019

As was Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher and, like its contemporary, it is sure to be a sensational smash in 2019.

This long-awaited biopic – which was announced back in 2012 – is a foot-stomping, uncensored, completely human account of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The movie chronicles the years preceding the frontman’s meteoric move upwards when John, played by Taron Egerton – who replaced Tom Hardy in 2017 – united with iconic songwriter Bernard Taupin.

We’re certain that Egerton’s performance as Sir Elton John will be deserving of acclaim and award; however, it’ll be Lee’s absorbing screenplay and Fletcher’s spectacular directorship that’ll empower this movie.

The Irishman | TBA 2019

Martin Scorsese’s newest gangster movie is to be released sometime in 2019 on numerous platforms. The Irishman follows self-confessed hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the assassination of union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

We think The Irishman will be a huge success in 2019 for two reasons: one being it’s enormous £110m budget and two being its stellar cast, which includes Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and scouser Stephen Graham.

This being Scorsese, we can only imagine how good this movie will be.

The Lion King | 19 July 2019

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King (1994) is guaranteed to amaze and excite audiences both young and old.

If the wondrous trailer is anything to go by, then The Lion King is sure to be one of the most celebrated and talked about movies of 2019 due to both its stellar cast, which includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones – who will be reprising his role as Mufasa – Seth Rogan and Beyoncé, and it being a visual treat.

So ready yourself for what is guaranteed to be an even more heart wrenching conclusion than back in 1994.

Us | 15 March 2019

From the remarkable mind of Academy Award winning author and director Jordan Peele comes Us, an even more nightmarish sequel to his directorial debut triumph Get Out (2017).

Adelaide Wilson, played by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Gabe Wilson, played by Winston Duke, take their children to their beach house expecting to unwind. But as darkness descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some hideous doppelganger’s appear uninvited.

Due to the longing for a sequel created by the success of Get Out, Us is certain to shock and excite cinema goers in 2019.

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As you’ve probably already guessed, we adore the cinema here at Arthouse Hotel.

So, why don’t you bring the entire family together and take advantage of our excellent facilities and movie-inspired rooms that wouldn’t look out of place in some of the marvelous movies listed above.

Come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organise a magical stay at Arthouse in 2019.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

Celebrate the Release of Mary Poppins Returns at Arthouse Hotel

For almost everyone, Julie Andrews is Mary Poppins, and vice versa; she is opulent, astute, unspoiled and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That is not to say that Emily Blunt isn’t all of those things, however, she certainty has her work cut out when navigating Andrews’ magic umbrella – and a spoonful of sugar may not be enough.

Mary Poppins Returns is released on December 21 in UK cinemas and, while you wait, experience a stay in the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins room at The Arthouse Hotel.

Emily Blunt is Supercalifragilistic

From the moment the magic hero soars into shot there has to be immediate buy-in, not a minute of doubt or suspicion – Blunt is Poppins in all her pomp. With her blue boater hat and famous umbrella, Blunt certainly looks like Andrews, however, she ensures through her wonderfully unique performance that Andrews is all but a distant memory.

“For me, there was no one else but Emily; she is warm and vulnerable” maintained Robert Marshall, the movies director. Blunt is tough, poised and cornily British in everything she does and, importantly, she can sing and dance. She caricatures her natural London-ish voice into the kind of accent copied by American actors pretending to be British: the sort of elocution that ends every sentence with the phrase “I say!”

Emily Blunt said that she was “daunted” by playing Poppins, and who could blame her. And yet, her spectacular performance will achieve a rare thing in 2018: it will placate the purists and entertain those who have never seen the original.

Mary Poppins Returns

With pastel colours of intoxicating beauty and new show tunes practiced to perfection, Mary Poppins Returns is an admirably accomplished sequel, primed and ready to mesmerise a new-found audience.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a modern remake nor is it ironic or pretentious. The only applauded hint of newness is some ethnic variety in the supporting cast; otherwise this movie is a simple remastered version of the 1964 original. The tunes aren’t bad, and the movie is certainly a technical triumph – as it was in the 1960s.

Unable to detach itself entirely from the original, Dick Van Dyke makes a cameo in the sequel while his 2018 counterpart is again acted by an American: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Collin Firth, Julie Walters, Ben Whisham, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep head up a star-studded cast and, while there is no Christmas blockbuster to turbo-charge the ticket-booth in 2018, movie aficionados expect Mary Poppins Returns to be a colossal success.

Mary Poppins Returns is a practically perfect Christmas movie in every way.

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The Mary Poppins room is just one of many marvelous rooms within Liverpool’s movie-themed Arthouse Hotel. The unique hotel is ideal for celebrating special occasions in Liverpool.

We always have a wide range of special rooms to choose from, ensuring your stay is nothing short of Poppins-esc perfection.

So, come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organise a magical stay at Arthouse.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

Our Guide to the Best Movies of 2018

In 2018, a selection of stellar movies has showed that, regardless of genre, excellence abounds at the cinema.

In this modern cinematic era, you’d think that the visceral experience of going to the movies, buying popcorn and, extreme I know, putting your phone away, would be under threat. However, rather than retreating in dismay, cinema – notably in 2018 – has come out swinging in a Rocky Balboa-esc blaze of glory.

So, with a month to go until the calendar turns, we thought we’d share with you our picks for the best movies of 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody

This long-awaited biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their iconic mustachioed frontman – one of, if not the greatest entertainer ever to grace a stage.

The movie chronicles the years preceding Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 where Mercury, played by Rami Malek – who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen in July 2013 – led the band in one of the most iconic performances in music history.

Bohemian Rhapsody does, however, have its shortcomings – its tameness being one of them. Mercury lived a dramatic, hedonistic existence which doesn’t come through in the movie.

Nevertheless, the biopic regains its best-movie status when Mercury, in all his pomp and pageantry, performs at Live Aid in front of 72,000 computer-generated people.

A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn isn’t for everyone nor is it one to gather the family for, however, Joe Cole’s ferocious yet unblemished performance is one that transforms actors into megastars.

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s reworking of boxer William Moore’s 2014 memoir that documents the three years he spent in the infamous Bangkok Hilton – Thailand’s toughest prison – is a primal masterpiece.

Cole is at home in Liverpool when recording Peaky Blinders; the period drama of which he is most known, however, in A Prayer Before Dawn – which was largely shot on location in Klong Prem Prison – he couldn’t be any more removed.

This bubbling volcano of a movie is worthy of being one of 2018s best pictures.

A Star is Born

Renowned movie expert and, aptly, musician Mark Kermode summed up A Star is Born in the opening sentence of his October review: “a timeless tale,” he hollered.

This maxim works wonderfully to describe this movie which, is most certainly timeless. Not only was this picture one of the best, but it was also one of the biggest, grossing £152,518,456 worldwide.

In A Star is Born we have Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga: the former making his directorial bow, the latter in her big-screen debut and, whilst Cooper is awesomely assured behind the camera, it is Gaga who stands out; a star is truly born.

On reflection, A Star is Born may be the best movie of 2018.

Black Panther

The newest big-screen superhero story is both an uproarious adventure and success.

Showcasing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka, this Marvel masterpiece is a staple of 2018 cinema viewing. Visually handsome with a captivating plot to match, Black Panther is not only a good superhero movie, but it is also a good movie in general.

Not wanting to ignore the important themes the movie tackles Black Panther, subsequently, paved the way for future superhero movies in 2018 and, therefore, is deserving of a place on our list.

Crazy Rich Asians

Like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Hollywood.

Directed by Jon M Chu, Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu who journeys to Singapore to meet her spouses’ kin. Nevertheless, like every rom-com ever, there’s an adorable twist. Rachel’s boyfriend is from one of China’s most moneyed families and shock, Rachel doesn’t know.

Normally, a movie such as this wouldn’t pop up on a list like ours, however, Crazy Rich Asians is a lesson on how to both cast a movie and adapt a best-selling novel.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a movie overflowing with warmth, humour and sadness that manages to feel current despite the “overly stacked nature” of the teenage-angst genre.

This evocative performance by Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is deserving of acclaim and award; however, it is Greta Gerwig’s absorbing screenplay and spectacular directorship that empowers this movie.

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At Arthouse Hotel, we have an array of amazing offers for celebrating Christmas & New Year in Liverpool.

Bring the whole family together and take advantage of our excellent facilities and movie-inspired rooms that wouldn’t look strange in some of the marvellous movies listed above.

So, come and join us! We’d love to hear from you today to organise a magical stay at Arthouse.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

Teen Movies That Changed Pop Culture Forever

Ariana Grande pretty much broke the internet after she released the much-anticipated video for her self-love anthem ‘Thank U, Next’. The video is the actual millennial dream with multiple cultural references to various noughties films, leaving us feeling inspired…and unbelievably jealous of that Elle Woods outfit.

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So, after much thought and deliberation, here is our round up some of our favourite teen movies – all of which we feel have changed pop culture (and our lives) forever.

Mean Girls (2004)

Now, this film was a game-changer, and it’s no wonder it was included in Ariana’s video. At the time of release, Lindsay Lohan was the it-girl of ’04. SO fetch. A painfully accurate depiction of American high school politics, Mean Girls also managed to resonate with UK audiences with its brutal but hilarious portrayal of teen angst, awkwardness and social hierarchy.

On top of all that social commentary are also some of the most quotable lines of this day and age. It’s a well-known fact that on Wednesdays we wear pink. We are constantly haunted by the age-old question: IS butter a carb? You go, Glen Coco!

Honestly, we could go on for hours.

Superbad (2007)

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Ah, Superbad. A timeless, modern classic. No seriously! Eleven years later, it still resonates with us. In a similar way to Mean Girls, the film deals with the realities of young adulthood whilst still managing to be a comedy goldmine.

The film makes sure to constantly remind us how the struggle really is real when you’re an uncomfortable, confused & ridiculously hormonal adolescent. This film set itself apart from its immature – and pretty terrible – predecessors, and led the way for a new generation of teen movies.

McLovin’ is the hero we never knew we needed.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Bennnd…and snap! With one of the most incredible aesthetics of all time, Legally Blonde is easily one of the best teen movies out there. Elle Woods shows the world that despite the fact you love a bit of pink leather, have a penchant for fluffy stationery and pretty much live the life of a high fashion Barbie – you can still become a kick-ass lawyer and prove that idiot of an ex-boyfriend wrong.

Legally Blonde served to break stereotypes and pave the way for a new kind of role model for girls. A career woman AND a fashion icon? Yas!

Princess Diaries (2001)

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One of our favourite makeover montages. Hands down. And that’s all we have to say on the matter.

Bring It On (2000)

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Brr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere! Bring It On taught us the all-important difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers. For teens living in the UK, the concept of cheerleaders alone was fascinating.

By the end of the film, you’d end up attempting a back-handspring-basket-toss-arabesque-cradle-catch off the couch then spend the rest of the night sulking in your room ‘cos you fell into the telly.

Grease (1978)

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Featuring one of history’s biggest glow-ups in the form of Sandy and her high-waisted satin pants, Grease is easily one of the most memorable teen movies out there. It might be 40 years old, but it still stands as a firm favourite in our eyes.

The ‘teenagers’ in this cult classic definitely look just as old as the movie and we continue to be baffled by how we didn’t clock all that risque subject matter, but we just don’t care. Catchy show tunes, infectious dance moves and let’s face it, young John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Grease is one the best teen movies ever made. If you’re a musical mogul, then we definitely recommend checking out the best theatre in Liverpool this year. Plus, if you see yourself as a Pink Lady or T-Bird, book a stay in our Grease themed room at Arthouse. You’re born to hand-jive, baby!

As you can tell, we love all things movies here at Arthouse Hotel. Sound like your cup of tea? Why not come and pay us a visit! Give us a call on 0151 601 8801 to get yourself booked in.

Santa Claus and His Singing Elves Are Coming to Town at Mulholland Singing Diner

If you are tired of the same old Christmas Grottos in Liverpool the forget them this year and do something different that’s entertaining and exciting. It’s time you looked at Mulholland Singing Diner where we’re bringing something fun and festive for you to do with the little ones this Christmas.

A Fun and Festive Christmas Experience in Liverpool

Far from all the usual Christmas grottos in Liverpool, Mulholland Singing Diner will be a wonderful one-off Christmas experience unlike any other as we welcome Santa and his Singing Elves on various dates during the festive season.

The Elves at Mulholland are a group of vocally gifted individuals who live to entertain. They’ve donned their elf costumes for the festive season and are ready and waiting to dazzle their audiences, getting everyone involved in a thoroughly festive sing-along.

During the sing-along grab some yuletide grub and fill your faces with truly tasty treats, then cosy in for a seasonal storytime.

When everyone’s bellies are full, the event will be wrapped up with a special visit from Santa who’ll be happy to hear everyone’s Christmas lists.

So, have your list at the ready and remember to be good boys and girls, you don’t want to end up on the naughty list this year, do you?

Mulholland Singing Diner

Throughout the year, Mulholland Singing Diner is filled with the sound of music. You can take your family and friends along and enjoy singing along to all your favourite musical movie hits from Disney songs to modern musical marvels and all the classics.

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As well as the knock out live performances provided by the talented serving staff there’s also a massive menu made up of some fabulous food and delicious drinks.

The first of it’s kind in the UK, Mulholland Singing Diner is an exciting place to eat in Liverpool where exceptional live entertainment is packed into each and every visit.

Stay at Arthouse Hotel in a Musical Movie Inspired Room

Better still, why not make a city break of your visit and stay in Arthouse Hotel which is just above the diner.

Book your family into one of the magical movie-themed hotel rooms inspired by some of the greatest classical musicals of all time.

Our Sound of Music room invites up to six guests to stay inside a luxurious golden space which will capture your heart in the same way the movie did the first time you watched it.


In our Wizard of Oz room, you and your group can enjoy an enchanting stay in Liverpool after enjoying all the festive fun at Mulholland.

Have a cosy night’s sleep in one of the three double beds and enjoy the whimsical décor of inspired by the hit musical movie.

Both of these amazing Liverpool hotel rooms come equipped with kitchenettes, double jacuzzi baths and are located directly above the Mulholland Singing Diner meaning the magic never stops from the moment you set foot in Liverpool.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatueliving.co.uk for more details of Santa and the Elves and to book your overnight break in Liverpool.

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be paying a visit to Mulholland Singing diner, just make sure you are there to greet him this Christmas in Liverpool.

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.

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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

Kazimier Gardens

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.

Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner

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.

Mulholland Singing Diner

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.