With Pride coming up in July, why not get in the spirit by watching one of the best LGBT films? From BAFTA-winning Pride to Oscar nominated Brokeback Mountain, these fantastic LGBT films are perfect for celebrating with a night in!
We’re so excited for Liverpool Pride this year, and if you’re staying in the city, why not join us at Arthouse Hotel? Our eccentric movie-themed hotel offers a wide range of unique rooms, with themes including the Wizard of Oz and Grease to The Sound of Music.
1) Pride (2014)
This uplifting movie is one of our favourite LGBT films to date. The British historical comedy-drama documents the story of an unlikely alliance between gay-rights activists and striking miners in the 1980s, united by resistance towards Margaret Thatcher, the conservative press and the police. This unforgettable LGBT film holds a powerful political narrative, and celebrates the importance of LGBT allies over the years.
2) Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This iconic story of forbidden love stars the late Heath Ledger opposite Jake Gyllenhall. One of the best LGBT films and most powerful love stories of all time, Brokeback Mountain follows the complicated tale of two young men, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch-hand who meet in Wyoming in the summer of 1963. This stunning film documents their lifelong connection and forbidden romance, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
3) Carol (2015)
Set in the Christmas season of 1950s New York, Carol is without a doubt one of the best LGBT films of recent years. The story is a breathtaking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Prince of Salt. This romantic tale follows two women from different backgrounds, whose lives intertwine into an unexpected affair.
4) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Call Me By Your Name tells the story of the summer romance between seventeen-year-old Elio and graduate student Oliver. Adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name, this spectacular LGBT film will sweep you off your feet with its sun-kissed scenery and convincing performances from Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. Following the film’s success, the story is set to be continued with a sequel in the works!
5) Booksmart (2019)
Booksmart is the most recent movie on our list of the best LGBT films to watch. The coming-of-age story follows high school best friends who realize they should have worked less and had more fun. Cramming four years worth of partying into one night, the film has been hailed the female version of pop culture phenomenon Superbad. Setting it apart from the standard teen rom-com, the film focuses on a queer love story, which director Olivia Wilde described as “essential”. Wilde told Pride.com, “I wanted to tell a story about kind of the next stage. Someone who has come out, their parents are aware, their friends are aware and they’re just living life.”
Liverpool Pride is one of the biggest events of the year in the city! And Arthouse Hotel is situated in the perfect spot for catching the best of what’s on and enjoying Liverpool’s inclusive nightlife scene.
When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.
From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!
1) Clueless (1995)
This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.
2) Booksmart (2019)
One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.
3) Stand By Me (1986)
Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.
4) Grease (1978)
When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!
This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.
6) The Breakfast Club (1985)
The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
7) An Education (2009)
One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!
9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.
Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.
11) Superbad (2007)
It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!
Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!
Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments
The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.
1) “I have had some wines”
From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…
2) The OG Carpool Karaoke
Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!
3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma
A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…
“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.
4) Islands in the Stream
A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.
5) Mick’s Big TV appearance
A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.
“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”
6) Bryn Singing James Blunt
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…
7) Nessa as Father Christmas
Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.
“Oh. Oh. Oh.”
8) Smithy Being Dramatic
It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…
9) Pam Getting Caught Out
After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!
10) Smithy’s Big Entrance
Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!
11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’
The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.
12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’
One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*
13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt
A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.
14) Gavin Surprising Stacey
Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?
15) Pam Loving the Drama
Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.
To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!
A Guide to the Best Summer Movies
1) Roman Holiday (1953)
A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.
2) Jaws (1975)
Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.
3) To Catch a Thief (1955)
A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.
4) Stand By Me (1986)
A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.
5) The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.
6) Grease (1978)
It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.
Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.
We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?
9) Dirty Dancing (1987)
Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!
10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!
11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.
12) Mamma Mia (2008)
If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!
13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!
Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.
The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!
Student nights in Liverpool are known to be something else! And when it comes to planning the ultimate student night out, at Arthouse Hotel we’ve got you covered.
Student Night Liverpool
Stay at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is Liverpool’s go-to destination for a memorable stay in the city. Our movie-themed hotel is the perfect place for staying with your mates and getting ready for a night out in Liverpool in style.
Our picture-perfect rooms are ideal for getting some Insta snaps of your night, so if you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, look no further than Arthouse.
In one of our themed group rooms
Rooms at Arthouse Hotel are designed to sleep groups of guests for the ultimate group stay. You’re never too old for a sleepover with your best friend, and our rooms are perfect for just that! Our themed rooms range from Marilyn Monroe and the Grease room to Rocky Horror Show.
At Mulholland, you can enjoy a bite to eat and delicious milkshakes while our talented team of singing waiters serve your meal in style. What better venue for singing along to your favourite musical hits and ballads through the decades?
And enjoy our cocktail deals
Cocktail deals are ideal for a student night in Liverpool. And you can look forward to a fantastic range of cocktails at Mulholland. We offer an unmissable deal of 2 classic cocktails for £10 every day!
Just across the road from Arthouse Hotel, Alma de Cuba’s beer garden is a firm favourite in Liverpool for sitting back and catching some rays.
Spot celebs at historic Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba is also the place to be if you fancy spotting some celebs in Liverpool. Love Island star Georgia Steel has been known to frequent Alma, along with Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and some of the best Instagram bloggers in the UK.
At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic female movie stars and leading ladies of Hollywood.
From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.
Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz, Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.
Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?
Our Favourite Female Movie Stars
One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.
Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.
Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.
Source: By Eva Rinaldi – Julie Andrews, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27615720
But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess, making her one of our favourite female movie stars.
Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.
Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.
Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.
She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!
The Sound of Music Room
Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.
Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.
This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nation’s imagination.
The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.
This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.
You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.
Mary Poppins Room
Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.
The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.
Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.
The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.
An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.
Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe was the lead star in numerous blockbuster films.
But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.
A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.
Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.
Source Wikicommons – Milton H. Greene
She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.
She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.
By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood female movie stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.
In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.
During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.
Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.
To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.
Marilyn Diptych Room
Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.
Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.
Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.
Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.
Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.
Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.
The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.
Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.
One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.
A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.
She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
Source: Paramount-photo by Bud Fraker – eBayfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37849515
When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.
Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.
She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.
As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.
My Fair Lady Room
An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.
Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.
It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.
However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.
Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.
Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical and celebrates one of the greatest female movie stars. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.
Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.
She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.
Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.
However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.
Source: Wikicommons – MGM studio
Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.
Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.
Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.
In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.
From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image, which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.
Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.
Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest female movie stars with one of the most unique voices of our time.
Wizard of Oz Room
The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.
An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.
Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.
Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.
If you love singing along to classic musicals, check out Mulholland Singing Diner. A unique American style diner with waiters who sing all your favourite tunes, come along and belt out some of your favourite hits from the movies.
If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best female movie stars of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film.
Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood.
Based on the 1980 classic pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash-hit sensation taking the stage by storm. The phenomenal production follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through highs and lows, romances, heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.
The show explores the bittersweet moments and uplifting triumphs that confront many young people today, including identity, prejudice, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse, pride and perseverance.
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour | Credit: Tristram Kenton | Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre
This wonderful production features a star-studded cast of Keith Jack from Any Dream Will Do and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Me Tender, Chicago and Mama I Want to Sing star Mica Paris, and Jorgie Porter of Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice.
The show also features the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars.
Since it’s opening show on Broadway in 1988, Fame The Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs and continues to be one of the best loved musicals across the world. Fame The Musical will indeed live forever!
A Musical Movie-themed Hotel
After you’ve enjoyed the smash-hit Fame The Musical, it’s time to head back to your luxurious movie-themed hotel room at Arthouse.
Bringing the classics back to life, this unique hotel offers a quirky and unforgettable hotel experience in the heart of Liverpool.
Each plush room is themed to an individual movie, with tributes to some of the best musicals of all time within our walls.
From Dirty Dancing to The Wizard of Oz; our themed rooms are uniquely designed to take your breath away.
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Why are we so obsessed with true crime documentaries? Is it because we’re somewhat strange or that we love to fear what monsters hide in the shadows or beneath our beds? Or is it simply because these documentaries are just so captivatingly good. But, what we’ve learnt from watching so many of these true crime documentaries is that nothing is ever simple; oh, and that you should never open your mouth without a lawyer present.
So, with this in mind, we thought we’d count down eleven true crime documentaries that you need to watch now.
Making a Murderer (2015)
Laura Ricciardi and Moria Demos’ Making a Murderer is the granddaddy, the forerunner of today’s true crime obsession. The docuseries narrates the story of Steven Avery, a man from Wisconsin who served 18 years in prison for a crime he (supposedly) did not commit.
The jewel in televisions true crime crown, Making a Murderer is enchantingly good to say the least.
The Staircase (2018)
The Staircase, a docuseries by filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, is often held up as one of the best true crime documentaries ever made. Lestrade never tries to solve the case, but rather examines how the criminal justice system treats the protagonist – Michael Peterson.
This noir masterpiece epitomises everything we love about true crime documentaries.
We know that Mindhunter isn’t a true crime documentary. What it is, however, is one of the most intense, accurately portrayed crime dramas ever created.
Based on the book: Mindhunter: Inside the Federal Bureau’s Special Crime Unit, Mindhunter (2017) revolves around the creation of the behavioural science unit.
The interviews’ with infamous “serial murderers” yield what can only be described as one of the most intense scenes ever between Holden Ford and Edmund Kemper.
The Confession Tapes (2017)
Sarah Loudenberg’s The Confession Tapes is an indictment of America’s criminal justice system, the trust we put in law enforcement, and the reasons why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
This isn’t similar to any of the other true crime documentaries on our countdown as most of the criminals aren’t even criminals, some of them weren’t even in the country when their crimes were committed.
What makes The Confession Tapes so hard to watch is exactly why you should watch it; we did warn you that nothing is ever simple in the world of true crime documentaries.
The Seven Five (2014)
Former NYPD policeman Michael Dowd recounts how he and his partner ran their own cocaine cartel while working in New York during the 1980s and early 90s. Dowd’s conviction in 1992 led to one of the largest police corruption scandals in NYPD history.
The Seven Five is 104 minutes of jaw-dropping action and deserving of high praise indeed.
Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail (2011)
Louis Theroux is the godfather of documentary making. And, as always, he shows everyone how it’s done in this true crime documentary.
Louis tackles this sensitive subject, and the interviewees and inmates he meets, with his usual concoction of empathy, genuine interest and awkwardness that makes him the best at what he does.
Theroux’s readiness to report on the dark underside of American culture makes Miami Mega Jail stick out above not only the spew of Louis Theroux documentaries, but also the numerous true crime documentaries that run aground when endeavouring to imitate his unique style.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)
The Ted Bundy Tapes take a look inside the mind of murderer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.
One of the newest and best true crime documentaries on our countdown, Jon Doran’s docuseries coincides with the announcement of Extremely Wicked, shockingly Evil, and Vile – a Zac Efron biopic that didn’t feature on our countdown of the most anticipated movies of 2019, but we’re starting to think it should have done.
You almost certainly won’t be sleeping much once you’ve watched this formidable docuseries.
Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)
As with Mindhunter, Manhunt: Unabomber shouldn’t be on our countdown of the best true crime documentaries, however, as with Mindhunter, it’s too good not to include.
Andrew Sodroski’s drama miniseries depicts a fictionalised account of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber and is true crime at its captivating peak.
Team Foxcatcher (2016)
Recounting the downward spiral of John Du Pont, Team Foxcatcher is absolutely astonishing and extremely fearsome in equal measure.
With the grace and panache of a murder mystery novel, Team Foxcatcher is a must watch for those who love true crime documentaries.
The Witness (2015)
James D. Solomon’s directorial debut is outstanding and superb, shocking and alarming, and therefore making it a must watch.
The Witness pioneered a new wave of true crime documentaries – recounting a murder from the perspective of 38 witnesses.
The Witness, therefore, is the epitome of bingeworthy.
The Keepers (2017)
In mood, theme, tone, and content, The Keepers is everything you’d expect from a true crime documentary. That’s it: watch, tremble and bask in the true crime seesaw of emotion that is The Keepers.
Get everyone together and binge watch one of the amazing true crime documentaries above in some our awesome movie-themed rooms. Come and join us, we’d love to hear from you today to organise a superb stay at Arthouse 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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