10 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Girl or looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we’ve got the perfect room for your stay.

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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.

To book, call our team on 0151 395 7900.

 

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

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

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

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

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol

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

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

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

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

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

Why Warhol Started Filming

Andy Warhol and Pele

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

Warhol and his superstars at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

Warhol's Chelsea Girls press

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

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

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

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

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

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

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

The Chelsea Girls Room

Chelsea Girls Room - movie banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Movie Lovers Valentines Date at Arthouse Hotel

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

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

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

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

Lips

Lips - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

Warhol himself stated;

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

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

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

Grease

Grease - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

Kiss

Kiss - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

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

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

The perfect place for a virtuous Valentines date in Liverpool.

Phantom of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera- accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

Suspicion

Suspicion - accommodation for a Valentines date

Love was never simple with Hitchcock.

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

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

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

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

Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel

Lips room - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

The Andy Warhol Selfie Worth £7 Million Selling at Sotheby’s

Leading a revolution of artistic discovery in the early sixties, Warhol was ahead of the times when it came to the commerciality of celebrity.

He notably predicted the selfie culture and social media society we live in today with his coined phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.

If Warhol were around today there is no doubt he would be a shining star of social media, and would certainly own a selfie stick or two.

£7 Million Selfie

£7 million selfie - Andy Warhol

source: The Guardian

Warhol’s first self-portrait, taken in 1963, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London on 28th June.

The piece has remained part of a private collection since the 1980’s and will now go under the hammer expecting to fetch in excess of £7 million.

Warhol’s Image

 

Andy Warhol’s image, his style and attitude, played a huge part in his fame. Attracting the crowds of rich and famous personalities that were forever in his orbit.

Surrounded by drag queens, actors, muses and models, Warhol was never short of a face to paint and often his work depicted the mood of society or his own feelings towards the cultures of the time.

Lisa Minnelli and Andy Warhol

source: www.tmlarts.com

His most famous images are portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor.

But when it came to his own portrait it is said that he struggled with the idea of his mortality and that of others around him and wished to convey his thoughts and feelings through his work.

With Monroe’s portrait, for example, it is understood that the fade from vivid colour to almost nothing was depicting society forgetting her but never her everlasting image.

Marilyn Monroe Warhol

source; www.bbc.co.uk

Andy Warhol’s own prophetic worry about mortality came true when an activist made an attempt on his life.

We Are All Equal

The fact that this £7 million image of Andy Warhol was taken in a “dime store” photo booth has been said to reflect the artists feeling that the human race is equal.

No matter what, certain things will happen to us all.

Be it the big things in life such as birth and death and the smaller things such as having to get your photo taken in a photo booth. This levelling act that almost everyone must take sums up Warhol’s aesthetic in a simple strip of small images.

Andy Warhol selfie

source: www.artselfiemuseum.altervista.org

A great democratiser who believed that we are all the same, Warhol stripped back the glamour of celebrity to reveal it for nothing more than commodity.

Even still Warhol couldn’t get enough of the celebrity lifestyle and his followers, clients and customers loved his approach to creating art.

Like with everything Warhol did, the £7 million selfie is an icon of today’s society. The fact that it was taken nearly 50 years prior to Instagram being launched simply highlights the accuracy of Warhol’s earliest insights.

The Warhol Floor at Arthouse

Come and snap a few selfies of your own in one of the stunning Warhol-themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Pucker up in Lips a bright and colourful dedication to one of Warhol’s simplest yet most powerful pieces of art.

Lips room Arthouse

Or if you fancy your “15 minutes of Fame” get them in the room themed around Warhol’s own world-renowned phrase.

Famous for 15 minutes room Arthouse hotel

This fabulous Liverpool hotel floor has been decorated to reflect the wonderfully artistic character and quirky style of Andy Warhol.

Furnished to the high standards expected of a modern hotel room, with some unexpected surprises too.

Book your stay mid-week and take advantage of these amazing hotel offers or simply email info@signatureliving.co.uk or call 0151 601 8801 and arrange your stay today.

More Than An Artist – Andy Warhol

Everyone has heard of Andy Warhol as the artist and father of popular culture, but what you might not know is he also directed several remarkable films. Now considered avant-garde cinema classics, Warhol’s repertoire stretches over 60 films, 2000 videos and 500 short black and white ‘screen test’ portraits of his friends and ‘muses’.

Warhol was celebrated throughout the art world as an innovator. He masterfully mixed artistic expression with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising to create iconic prints and paintings of American popular culture such as Campbell’s soup tins and Coca-Cola bottles. He was also renowned for his portrait collection which feature vivid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley and many more. His vast body of work, controversial themes and ability to work across a wide range of media has made him one of the most well-known artists in the world.

More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.

Andy Warhol

All About Andy

Andy Warhol was a leading painter, film-maker, author and the principal figure in the Pop Art movement. Born Andrew Warhola, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his parents who were Slovakian immigrants. His father, Ondrej Warhola, was a construction worker, while his mother, Julia Warhola, was an embroiderer. They were devout Byzantine Catholics who maintained much of their Slovakian culture and heritage while living in one of Pittsburgh’s Eastern European ethnic enclaves.

His mother was a casual artist and encouraged Andy’s artistic urges by giving him his first camera when he was just nine years old.

Whilst growing up Warhol was known to suffer from a nervous disorder that would force him to stay at home for long periods of time, during these spells he would listen to the radio and collect pictures of movie stars. It was this exposure to current events at a young age that he later said shaped his obsession with pop culture and celebrities.

Andy Warhol

After completing his pictorial design course at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Andy Warhola moved to New York City in 1949 and changed his name to Warhol.

He initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator for a range of magazines, designed advertising and dressed window displays. However, after exhibiting his experimental artwork in several galleries in the late 1950’s, Warhol began to receive recognition as both an influential and controversial artist. In 1952, he exhibited ‘Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote’ in his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery in New York.

In 1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art”—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. These featured the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, which created a major stir in the art world. It was this that brought both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.

He went on to produce a series of portraits which quickly gained fame and notoriety and he began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities. From this moment his career took off, and he never looked back.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn

The Factory

Between 1963 and 1968, Warhol began dedicating most of his time to directing films. Working from his unique silver and foil-draped studio nicknamed The Factory, located at 231 East 47th Street, Warhol embraced this new world of the moving picture.

The Factory quickly became one of New York City’s premier cultural hot spots, a scene of lavish parties attended by the city’s wealthiest socialites and celebrities. It was a meeting place for young artists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, playwrights and the perfect place for Warhol to capture the scenes he needed.

Many of Warhol’s circle of friends feature in his films and videos such as Jack Smith, Jill Johnson, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Gerard Malanga and Taylor Mead.

Andy Warhol at The Factory

It was during this time that Warhol famously prophesied that; “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes. This theme is particularly poignant in our time, so much so that one of the luxury suites in the Arthouse Hotel has been dedicated to this iconic statement.

Avant-garde Classics

His films have been highly regarded for their radical expressions and vast separation from conventional cinema. With works such as Eat (1964), a 45 minute depiction of a man eating mushrooms, Empire (1964), his notorious eight-hour film of the Empire State Building, My Hustler (1965), a social comedy about gay life on Fire Island, and Kiss (1964), a 50 minute film made up of various clips of couples kissing, Warhol redefined the film-going experience for a wide range of audiences and attracted serious critical attention and publicity.

Andy Warhol

One of his most famous films, Sleep, was released in 1963 with a running time of 521 minutes and consists of long take footage that shows Warhol’s friend John Giorno sleeping. To make the film, Warhol combined 22 shots, during each of which he homed in on different parts of Giorno’s body which creates a film based around the themes of obsession and the fascination of the observer.

But perhaps the most commercially successful movie he directed was Chelsea Girls, a classic which depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. The cast featured a whos-who of the select social circle Warhol referred to as ‘Superstars’, a group of people he used as muses for his artistic endeavours.  The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.

The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.

Andy Warhol at The Factory

The End of His Career

In 1968 Warhol’s thriving career almost ended. He was shot and seriously injured by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer and radical feminist, on June 3. Solanas had appeared in one of Warhol’s films and was reportedly upset with him over his refusal to use a script she had written.

After the shooting, Solanas was arrested and later pleaded guilty to the crime. Warhol spent weeks in a New York hospital recovering from his injuries and underwent several subsequent surgeries. As a result of the injuries he sustained, he had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.

This seriously affected Warhol and his ability to produce the art he wanted to, subsequently he became a very reclusive person and gave up his personal involvement in filmmaking altogether. This responsibility was given to Paul Morrissey, his assistant director. Morrissey steered the Warhol-branded cinema towards more mainstream, narrative-based movie themes with Flesh, Trash, and Heat. All of these films, including the later Andy Warhol’s Dracula and Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, were far more mainstream than anything Warhol as a director had attempted.

In his later life, Warhol suffered from chronic issues with his gall bladder. On February 20, 1987, he was admitted to New York Hospital where his gall bladder was successfully removed and he seemed to be recovering. However, days later he suffered complications that resulted in a sudden cardiac arrest and he died on February 22, 1987 at the age of 58.

The Warhol Floor

At the Arthouse Hotel we recognise the importance of great film and cinema, so we’ve styled our unique hotel around the most classic and iconic films of our time and one of our favourite avant-garde stars of all time is, of course, Andy Warhol.

You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous 15 minutes of fame quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.

With deluxe interior features, luxury beds,  rich crushed velvet covers and glistening whirlpool baths, you’ll soon feel right at home, with a sprinkle of extra movie magic!

The hotel also features its own film-themed pizzeria and bar that is decorated with screening snippets of movie masterpieces on the walls, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect treat for any film fanatic.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.

To book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie themed hotel call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

Marvellous Movie Midweek Liverpool Offer at Arthouse

Have you been looking for a special way to treat yourself in Liverpool during the week? Look no further than Arthouse Hotel. Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel been designed to accommodate visitors to the city who awant to enjoy a great night out on the town.

Come and experience the UK’s favourite party city destination when it’s a little less crowded and you can take advantage of the amazing mid-week offers in Liverpool’s best bars.

Choose Your Movie

Arthouse hotel reception

At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind.

The first floor has a choice of iconic musical movies such as Grease, Yellow Submarine and Chicago. So, if you enjoy singing along to the toe-tapping songs from these tuneful classics then chose a movie themed room from the first floor.

Up to the next floor which is one for the horror fans among you. Welcome to our thrilling Hitchcock themed floor where a selection of the celebrated director’s most memorable movies has inspired each of our second-floor rooms.

Enjoy a dizzying night in Vertigo, a terrifying night with The Birds or even spend a night in Suspicion on our Hitchcock movie themed floor.

Finally, the third-floor accommodation was inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.

Choose a room inspired by the well-known portraits of Marilyn Monroe or his recreation of classical Renaissance paintings. Perhaps treat yourself in Liverpool to a night spent in a room inspired by The Chelsea Girls. A controversial film about life in a hotel that earned 10x its filming budget within the first 19 weeks of screening in New York.

Whether you enjoy a sweet singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.

Pick your restaurant

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

During your overnight stay, we have two fabulous restaurants where you can choose to dine for your evening meal.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is located within the award-winning Shankly Hotel and provides a delicious varied menu created by talented chefs. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients to design dishes that are special and can be enjoyed by everybody. Book your evening meal here and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and stunningly chic décor.

Our Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant can be found atop Liverpool’s exquisite Titanic themed hotel 30 James Street. The perfect location provides visitors with stunning views of Albert Dock and the World Heritage Waterfront from the elegant rooftop terrace. Once seated you can treat yourself in Liverpool from a delightful menu of fine dining quality dishes served with a twist.

No matter which of our city centre restaurants you choose to dine from on the evening of your stay, both are ideally located to continue into Liverpool and enjoy a night experiencing the stylish city-centre nightlife.

Stay and dine for £99

Stay and Dine at Arthouse hotel

This amazing overnight midweek offer in Arthouse Hotel is just £99. The offer includes an overnight stay from Sunday to Thursday in one of the marvellous movie themed Liverpool hotel rooms and a delicious meal in either the Carpathia or the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

What better way to treat yourself in Liverpool than spending an evening in a marvellous movie themed room with an evening meal included from Arthouse hotel?

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay today.

The Ultimate Movie Themed Hotel in Liverpool

Fan of the flicks or mad for movies? If the answer is yes then a visit to Signature Living’s newest hotel is definitely on the cards. Book to stay at Arthouse hotel and spend the night in style in a spectacular movie themed hotel room, each inspired by the most iconic classic movies of our time.

But what is it that makes Arthouse hotel so different from any other accommodation in Liverpool?

Opening Scene: Take #1

Arthouse hotel - reception

As soon as you enter Arthouse hotel reception you will find yourself skipping down the Yellow Brick Road with the Emerald city in the distance and the whole Wizard of Oz Crew.

Join Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion on a journey into the unknown and amazing.

You know you’ve arrived in Liverpool’s most spectacular movie themed hotel as soon as you take that first step into Arthouse. You and your party are in for the Liverpool hotel break of a lifetime.

Mad for musicals

Our first floor is perfect for those of us who have enjoyed singing along to musicals since childhood.

Your favourite song filled classic is bound to be among the selection of top musical movies we’ve used to theme our luxury group hotel rooms. In fact, five of the room titles made in into the top 10 musical movies of all time.

Hop on board the mother ship and “slip into a time warp” on route to planet transsexual in the Rocky Horror room.

Or recreate “those summer nights” and pack your leather biker jacket and skin-tight trousers to enjoy a night in our Grease room.

Wherever your theatrical tastes take you Arthouse hotel have the perfect musical movie themed room for you to enjoy during a visit to Liverpool.

The Horrors of Hitchcock

Suspicion - Hitchcock floor- Arthouse hotel

One of the world’s greatest movie directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, was well known for providing the shock factor in his psychologically thrilling movies.

As he once said;

there is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation”.

Well, sorry Alfred but we brought a big “bang” to our Hitchcock themed rooms that far exceeds any anticipation.

The enchanting mystery of thrilling movie Spellbound has been brought to life in the Spellbound room. Decadently dark décor and a ceiling embellished with quotes from the movie make for an interesting hotel visit.

Or instead, enjoy a stay in our Suspicion suite where you and your guests will be sleeping under the intent gaze of leading lady Joan Fontaine and her opposite playboy Carry Grant.

Each of the Hitchcock themed rooms has been uniquely styled to reflect the most exhilarating films from Hitchcock’s vast catalogue of creations.

If you are a true movie buff, then a stay on the Hitchcock floor at Arthouse hotel will be a thrilling way to stay in Liverpool.

What about the Warhol floor?

Marilyn Monroe room - Arthouse hotel

Andy Warhol was the father of popular culture. He masterfully mixed the art world with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising and was a talented artist who became a figurehead in many avenues of artistic expression.

His coined phrase “15 Minutes of Fame” has been adapted into a stunning hotel room on our Warhol floor.

Warhol himself famously prophesied that;

“everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes.

Perhaps his most commercially successful movie directed was Chelsea Girls. A theme we chose to apply to our very own luxury hotel room. The Chelsea Girl’s movie depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea hotel in New York.

Cast members of the film included some of those dubbed Warhol’s Superstars. These individuals formed a select social circle of Warhol’s muses and served as his inspiration. Musicians, models actresses and socialites, who were basically the cool kids of the 60’s and 70’s.

If you wish that you could be like the cool kids, then why not chose the Warhol floor for your stay at Arthouse hotel.

Let’s go to the movies

Arthouse hotel

Book to stay in Arthouse hotel today and enjoy Liverpool accommodation that has been uniquely styled around the most classic and iconic films of our time.

Arthouse hotel has it’s very own funky bar and pizzeria that is popular among residents of Liverpool as well as visitors. The space has a fun movie theme all of its own, screening snippets of slivers screen masterpieces on the walls. For a little playfulness, guests can even enjoy a game of PING-PONG along with their Charlie Chapgin cocktails.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@sigantureliving.co.uk and book your stay today.