How to Have the Best Student Night Out in Liverpool

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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We always have a wide range of special offers available for you to enjoy, making your visit affordable and convenient. So, don’t miss our latest offers here!

 

Make the most of the whirlpool bath

Our rooms are fitted with fabulous whirlpool baths, so you can enjoy a pamper in between your night out. Our Skyline Suites feature a giant whirlpool bath – ideal for large group stays.

 

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What better spot for relaxing with a glass of fizz before you head out to explore Liverpool’s nightlife scene?

 

Or your very own outdoor terrace

Arthouse Hotel’s Skyline Suites are also home to a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking Liverpool’s skyline. What better backdrop to your stay in the heart of the city?

 

The terrace is fantastic for enjoying the summer months as you make the most of the sun with your best pals.

 

Experience Mulholland Singing Diner

Your student night in Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without some music! Bringing a sprinkle of Broadway magic to Liverpool, head downstairs at Arthouse and you’ll discover Mulholland Singing Diner.

 

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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!

With Seel Street’s bars and clubs right on your doorstep, there’s nowhere better to start your night in style.

 

Stop for a drink in a beer garden

Everyone loves a beer garden during the sunny months! And Seel Street is home to plenty to enjoy.

 

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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.

 

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The stunning venue will add a touch of sophistication to your night with its historic surroundings. But when it comes to partying, Alma is definitely the place to let your hair down!

 

And don’t miss Alma’s petal drop!

Have the ultimate night out in Liverpool by catching Alma de Cuba’s famous petal drop in action.

 

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The Cuban themed venue will dazzle you with its shimmering samba dancers and fabulous petal drop at the weekend. You won’t forget a night at Alma de Cuba!

 

Cure your hangover with breakfast

Last but not least, curing a hangover is the perfect excuse for an indulgent breakfast. And Mulholland is known for its dreamy stacks of pancakes and tasty breakfast dishes.

 

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What better way to finish your amazing night out in the city? To book your stay with us, a table at Mulholland or at Alma de Cuba, simply get in touch today on 0151 236 1066.

Female Movie Stars: Our Favourite Leading Ladies of Hollywood

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

Julie Andrews

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.

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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.

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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.

Marry Poppins Room

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.

Marilyn Monroe

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.

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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.

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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.

Audrey Hepburn

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.

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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.

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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.

Judy Garland

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.

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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.

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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. 

COMPETITION: Win Tickets to See Fame The Musical

Calling all Fame the Musical fans! We have teamed up with the Liverpool Empire Theatre to offer you an amazing competition.

Enter today and you, plus three friends could win the chance to see Fame The Musical and stay in one of our luxury movie-themed suites at Arthouse Hotel!

Be in with a chance of watching one of the best Broadway productions at Liverpool’s best theatre and stay in the city’s only movie-themed hotel.

What are you waiting for?

WIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE FAME THE MUSICAL!

The winner of this fabulous prize will receive FOUR tickets to see Fame The Musical at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on the opening night, Monday 11 March at 7.30pm.

You can also enjoy the rest of your evening with a luxurious overnight stay in one of our stunning movie-themed suites, sleeping four guests, on the evening of the show.

To enter this amazing competition, simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 friends you’d like to take to the show!

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A scene from Fame The Musical Tour | Credit: Tristram Kenton | Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre

The winner will be announced on Friday 8 March and will be contacted by direct message. Entrants must be able to attend the show on Monday 11 March at 7:30pm.

The prize is non-transferrable and as stated and no cash or other alternative will be offered. No purchase necessary.

So, remember to enter and simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 of your friends!

A Musical Sensation, FAME!

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.

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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

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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.

To enter this amazing competition, simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 friends you’d like to take to the show!

If you’re not lucky enough to win this prize, why not check out our hotel offers page and find an amazing deal to suit you. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to arrange your visit, or to find another exciting movie themed hotel room for your luxury Liverpool stay at Arthouse Hotel.

11 True Crime Documentaries You Need to Watch Now

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)

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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.

Mindhunter (2017)

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 Bureaus 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.

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801. Also, check out both our Facebook page and some of our amazing deals now.

Cinema | What to Look Out for in 2019

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

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

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

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | 7 June 2019

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

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

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

Star Wars: Episode IX | 20 December 2019

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

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

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

Rocketman | 31 May 2019

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

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

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

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

The Irishman | TBA 2019

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

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

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

The Lion King | 19 July 2019

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

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

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

Us | 15 March 2019

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

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

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

Arthouse Hotel

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

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

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

You can contact us on 0151 601 8801

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

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

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

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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!

Mulholland Singing Diner

Mulholland Singing 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.

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

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

The Classic American Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Musical Diner in Liverpool Perfect for Greatest Showman Fans

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

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

The Best of The Greatest Showman

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

The All Star Cast

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

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

A Heartwarming Story

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

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

Celebrating Our Differences

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

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

The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack

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

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

Mulholland Bar & Restaurant

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

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

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

Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool

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

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

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

Movie Diners | The Most Famous American Diners on Screen

With their chrome counters, bubble-gum chewing waitresses and menus filled with classic American delights of key lime pie, fluffy pancakes and plenty of filter coffee, the diner is an icon of state-side culture.

Not unlike a British pub, the humble diner is a staple of American life. It’s no wonder they pop up in all genres of American movies from cult classics, to comedies and even our favourite rom-coms.

From the Frosty Palace in Grease to Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction, diners have been the backdrop for some of the most famous scenes in movie history. And with the opening of Arthouse’s new diner experience in the centre of Liverpool, we though we’d take a deep dive into some classic movie diners we all love seeing on-screen.

Open now, Mulholland offers a brand new singing waiter diner experience, where you can enjoy fantastic US-inspired food and drink with a musical accompaniment of all the best power ballads, movies hits and musical showstoppers. From indulgent milkshakes to rainbows nachos and sizzling hot-dogs, it’s the ultimate Hollywood hangout.

But to get you in the mood for some diner-excellence, let’s take a look at the most iconic burger joints in movie history. These are our favourite movie diners on screen…

Pulp Fiction’s Double Trouble Diners

Who hasn’t wished they could visit the fictional diner of Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction? With it’s slot car race tracks, classic-car shaped booths and waiting staff dressed as Hollywood stars, we all wanted to take Mia Wallace out for a meal at this “wax museum with a pulse” (Vincent’s words, not ours). And of course, it’s the location of that very famous dance…

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But Slim’s wasn’t the only diner that made it into this cult classic. Who could forget the iconic opening (and closing) scenes set in a bog-standard US diner with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny? Tarantino’s love-letter to pop culture found the perfect setting to start the film inside America’s favourite dining establishment.

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The Frosty Palace in Grease

Rydell High students’ favourite out-of-school hangout might not have technically been a diner but we all still call it one. Officially a ‘malt shop’, this icy palace looked like a classic, old-school diner to the untrained eye, with its uniformed waitresses, 50s chromatic furnishings and menu of fries, shakes and burgers (always with not enough ketchup).

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But whether a diner or not, it undoubtedly makes the list of the most famous movie diners on screen thanks to the iconic Beauty School Dropout musical number that took place within its tiled walls, as well as all the Sandy-Danny dates that went to disasterously wrong at its tables.

Call yourself a Grease mega-fan? Why not stay in Arthouse’s incredible Grease suite for a (summer) night you’ll never forget. Sleeping up to six guests, with luxurious amenities including kitchenette, large-screen TV and a Jacuzzi bath, you’ll have the chills and they’ll be multiplyin’ when you book this incredible movie suite in Liverpool’s city centre.

The Diner in The Big Lebowski that’s More Famous than the Film

You might recognize the movie diner spotted in The Big Lebowski – it’s a bit of a location star. Featuring in numerous mega movies, music videos and TV shows, including Reservoir Dogs, Gone in 60 Seconds and the video for Sean Kington’s top hit ‘Beautiful Girls’, it’s arguably had more success than most of the actors who’ve filmed inside it.

The diner was, at the time of filming The Big Lebowski, still an operating diner called Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant. Today, it’s only used as a filming location but you can still see visit the iconic exterior on Wilshire Boulevard in midtown Los Angeles.

Blade Runner’s Futuristic Food Establishment

Again, not a traditional diner, but the noodle bar in Blade Runner offers a 1980s interpretation of what an LA diner in 2019 might look like and it sure is iconic.

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The cramped chrome-clad restaurant with its steaming bowls of broth and unsociable customers still provides weary travellers and hungry cliental the same classic American service that a traditional diner does – just with a significantly Japanese twist.

And anyway, it’s one of the best examples of the film’s incredible set design that looked seriously futuristic but still recognizable as downtown LA.

The Home-From-Home Diner in Pineapple Express

One of Hollywood’s best loved bromance comedies, Pineapple Express puts the American diner to good use in its closing scenes. Like all best friends, Dale, Saul and Red end the movie with a classic diner breakfast – eggs, bacon and plenty of coffee – while rehashing their action-packed night before.

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There’s no fancy 50s-style thrills here – director David Gordon Green made sure the movie diner was a bog-standed US food stop, perfect for a greasy food fix after a night running away from mobsters and corrupt police officers.

The Notorious Goodfellas Diner

When Martin Scorsese was looking for a location to film his then titled ‘Wiseguy’, his eyes settled on a small, space-age style diner in Maspeth, Queens (New York City).

Then called the Clinton diner, it was owned by Dimitra and Michael Diamantis who were about to see their small establishment become a famous tourist hotspot, with avid fans including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Pierce Brosnan heading to the location to grab a selfie and experience the atmosphere.

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The movie, of course, was the legendary Goodfellas, which filmed two of its most memorable scenes inside the diner, making the Diamanti’s family business one of the most famous diners in movie history. The famous phone-bashing scene was set at a phone booth outside the diner.

Lou’s Cafe in Back to the Future

Who could forgot Marty’s famous trip to Lou’s Café in Back to the Future? This perfect example of a 1955 diner was where Marty first realizes how different the past can be after attempting to order a Pepsi Free and being told by an irate server “You want a Pepsi, pal, you gotta pay for it”.

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An integral location in the film, Lou’s is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie diners, with it’s minty colour scheme and retro interiors.

The History Behind American Diners

They’ve been a stable of American culture for over a generation, but did you know that the very first food diners had wheels?

The word diner can officially be defined (according to Webster’s Dictionary) as ‘a restaurant in the shape of a railroad car’, harking back to the origins of these classic US food-spots.

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Back in the 1800s, the first iteration of diners were called ‘lunch cars’ and we can thank Rhode Island’s Water Scott for their invention. Scott re-purposed a horse-pulled wagon into a cart that served sandwiches, coffee, pies and eggs to people heading home at night and his side-line hustle was so successful that he ended up quitting his day job to sell food from the wagon all-day, everyday. Soon, other companies followed suit.

Buoyed by the success of these businesses, T.H. Buckley from Massachusetts decided that manufacturing purpose-build ‘lunch cars’ was more profitable than doing the actual food selling. He started the Worcester Lunch Car Company which produced ‘dining cars’ fitted with basic stoves and an ice box for foodie entrepreneurs. Soon, these portable cars were popping up all over America, offering food to weary travellers and tired workers.

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One of the classic Worcester Lunch Cars in Somerville, Massachusetts. Credit: Wiki Commons | Vistawhite

But as the number of lunch cars jumped higher, many towns and cities passed civil laws restricting their hours of operation. Attempting to loophole these restrictions, lunch car owners started permanently parking up their cars in busy locations and the diner as we know it was born.

By 1913, the idea was really starting to catch on and Jerry O’Mahoney established the first ever purpose-built stationary diner in the United States. He would go on to become the largest manufacturer of diners ever, producing a rumored 2,000 diners between 1917 and 1941 across the country.

As the years ticked by, the traditional diner became more and more extravagant and by the time the 1950s hit, the stream-lined silver space age carriages were all the range, cementing what we all now think of when someone says the word ‘diner’.

Visit the UK’s Only Singing Waiter Diner Today

To celebrate the launch of the UK’s only singing waiter diner at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering you the chance to get 50% off all food at the newly opened Mulholland bar for this month only!

Enjoy out-of-this-world milkshakes, Spice Girl-inspired pizzas, rainbow nachos and much, much more  all for half price this October by showing this Facebook voucher on ordering.

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A magical eating experience like no other in Liverpool, our musical-minded singing waiters will serenade you with classic ballads, musical showstoppers and movie top hits, transporting you straight to LA and the silver screen musical numbers we all love so much.

Make sure you’re following Mulholland on all our social media channels to keep updated on all the lastest news, competitions and offers from this incredible new eating experience. We’e hanging out on Facebook and Instagram.  Be our guest and join us today at the brand-new Mulholland!

The Spookiest Halloween Cinema Events in Liverpool

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

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

Watch Psycho with a Live Orchestra

When: 31 October

Where: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

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

Night at the Museum with Donnie Darko

When: 26 October

Where: British Music Experience

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

Get Scary with a Screening of The Ring

When: 31 October

Where: Camp and Furnace

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

Enjoy the Rocky Horror Picture Show

When: 31 October

Where: FACT

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

Have a Fright at the Palm House

When: 29 – 31 October

Where: Palm House, Sefton Park

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

Discover the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors

When: 24 October

Where: 81 Renshaw

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

Enter the Secret Halloween Cinema

When: 31 October

Where: Underground Liverpool

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

An Enchanting Stay at Arthouse

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

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

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

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

If you’d like to keep up to date with all of our latest accommodation offers, follow our Facebook page. We wish you a scarily great Halloween cinema night in Liverpool and hope to see you very soon!

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

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Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

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The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

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The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

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Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

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Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

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Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

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Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

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Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

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This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

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The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

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Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

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It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

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Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

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Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

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Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

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The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

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Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

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‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

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Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

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Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

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Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

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Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

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Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

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John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

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Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

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Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

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Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

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The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the movie

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Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

Grease

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There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.