International Beatleweek is returning this August in Liverpool. The annual festival see fans from over 40 countries Come Together for the fun.
If you’ll be enjoying the best of Beatleweek this year in Liverpool, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable events and where to stay in style!
Taking place from 22nd August – 28th August 2018, get ready for an unforgettable week with our latest guide…
Beatleweek 2018 – What’s On
Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Taking fans back to where it all began, International Beatleweek will kick off at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The fun will begin on Wednesday 22nd August where festival goers can look forward to Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music across three stages covering the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub.
Thursday 23rd August
On Thursday, the fun will continue at the Cavern Club. Bands and fans from across the globe will gather at the iconic Mathew Street venue for a day of live music.
Friday 24th August
It’s George’s Birthday – Alma de Cuba (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
This year, George Harrison would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, performers will be paying tribute to George throughout the afternoon, followed by a special finale. Fans can also enjoy live music all day outside on the patio stage.
Alma de Cuba is an iconic bar and restaurant in Liverpool, situated only moments from Arthouse Hotel on dynamic Seel Street.
The Analogues Present “The White Album” – Philharmonic Hall ( 8:00pm)
Holland’s premier Beatles band The Analogues will take to the grand Philharmonic Hall stage and play The Beatles (White Album) in its entirety.
Friday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (Starting at 11:30pm – 5:00am)
The first of the week’s late night parties will showcase live music and bring fans the chance to celebrate until 5am!
Saturday 25th August
Early Days at the Locarno – The Olympia (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
Beatleweek festivities usually incorporate a day out. And this year, attendees can look forward to stepping back in time at The Olympia (formerly known as the Locarno Ballroom).
The Beatles played at the breathtaking venue on Valentine’s Day back in 1963. And this is a wonderful chance to relive the Beatlemania.
The Lennon & McCartney Songbook – Philharmonic Hall (8:00pm)
Hosted at Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall, this special show will feature Beatleweek artists and special guests, celebrating the 60 years of song-writing between Beatles legends Lennon & McCartney.
Saturday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)
Saturday’s party is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night with entertainment until late.
Sunday 26th August
Annual Beatles Convention – Adelphi Hotel (11:00am)
Bringing fans together for a fantastic day, the Adelphi will play host to live music, films, guests speakers, Ringo Bingo and a flea market of unmissable memorabilia.
Guests speakers include the one and only Pattie Boyd alongside Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.
Sunday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:59pm)
The fun will continue at the Sunday Adelphi Party until 5am!
Monday 27th August
Scousechella – Grand Central Hall (Midday – 6:00pm)
The line up for Coachella in 2016 was a great one. The festival saw Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage alongside music icons Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters.
Bringing Beatles fans their very own Scousechella, fans can look forward to six of the best tribute artists paying homage to the star-studded line up.
Fab Four Finale – Hard Days Night Hotel (8:00pm)
Catch the “Fab Four Finale” with live music covering 4 stages at Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.
Monday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)
With Beatleweek drawing to a close, don’t miss the Monday night party for the last late night celebration!
Tuesday 28th August
Tuesday at the Cavern – The Cavern Club (10:30am)
The final day of Beatleweek will offer one last chance to get your Cavern Club fix with live music across two stages.
Where to Stay for Beatleweek
Arthouse Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for International Beatleweek in Liverpool. Specialising in spacious group accommodation, our themed rooms are fantastic for groups looking to stay in style.
Our Yellow Submarine room sleeps up to 4 guests, ideal for those attending Beatleweek with family or friends. This spectacular themed room features Beatles lyrics above the beds, a colourful submarine print and fantastic amenities including a double whirlpool bath and TV.
John Lennon fans can also make themselves right at home with a stay in our stunning John Lennon room. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover design, this spectacular space captures the creativity of Warhol and Lennon.
If you’d like to book a stay with us for Beatleweek, make sure you don’t miss out on our unmissable hotel offers! Each package is designed to bring you the best of Arthouse Hotel, making your stay in Liverpool as special as can be.
We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have an unforgettable time celebrating the Fab Four!
Overnight accommodation in our movie-themed accommodation for tired-out teachers
Full buffet breakfast
Delicious two-course meal in your choice of Signature restaurants
Signature activity – chose from a spa treatment, drinks at Alma de Cuba or a luxury hair or makeup pampering session
Sunday – Thursday – Subject to availability, based on a minimum of 2 guestsFriday night stay – £20pp supplement
Funny and Most Inspiring Teacher Movies
Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool. And to celebrate our new offer for teachers, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best, funniest and most inspiring movies featuring teachers!
Amidst the romance, scandals and singing and dancing is Principal McGee, trying her best to keep it all under control in Grease!
At Arthouse Hotel, why not stay in our Grease themed room? This spacious room sleeps up to 6 guests and is fitted with fantastic facilities including an en suite with large whirlpool bath.
Expect to have chills multiplying when you step inside this spectacular space.
Dead Poets Society
It’s safe to say that Dead Poets Society has inspired many to follow the path to teaching. The 1989 drama saw Robin Williams blow audiences away as lovable Mr. Keating.
Some of the most memorable moments of Mr Keating’s teaching saw him jumping on desks, daring the students to think for themselves and plenty of choruses of “O Captain, my Captain’.
And though the working day may not quite live up to the romanticism of Dead Poets Society, it’s safe to say this is a movie treasured by educators and young people inspired to start their career.
Without a doubt one of the best childhood movies ever made, Miss Honey is arguably the underrated star of Matilda. Audiences are enchanted by her softly spoken words of wisdom, pretty woodland cottage and of course, her heartwarming belief in Matilda.
While we’re sure Miss Honey has inspired many to teach over the decades, we certainly hope the same can’t be said for Miss Trunchbull!
School of Rock
For music teachers, School of Rock may just be the ultimate movie. Starring comedic genius Jack Black, School of Rock sees Dewey Finn pose as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school.
This iconic teacher film is a timeless favourite and it’s easy to see why! The feel-good movie is filled with fun, with plenty of songs to keep your toes-tapping along the way.
When he wasn’t marching through the corridors with a flowing cloak and judgemental frown, he was busy making Harry miserable…or so it seemed.
From the first Harry Potter film to the last, Professor Snape went from scariest teacher to the best-loved. Fans fell in love with his dry wit and determination to protect Harry, all in the name of love for Lily Potter.
Mean Girls is a modern classic when it comes to timeless teen movies. Written by Tina Fey, the talented comedian also stepped in front of the camera as witty maths teacher Ms. Norbury.
When ‘Burn Book’ chaos unfolds, it’s fair to say that Ms. Norbury saves the day with the iconic line, “raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George”.
We hope to see you soon at Arthouse Hotel! It’ll be a summer holidays treat that you won’t forget. To enquire further or to book your stay, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801.
Last week, we played host to our very own Love Island quiz at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool. The summer fun was hosted by Love Island’s Katie Salmon and Signature Living’s very own Roger Jonas.
The night saw fans of ITV2’s biggest show gather to put their Love Island knowledge to the test! And we certainly threw in some fabulous prizes along the way.
Love Island Liverpool Quiz
Roger and Katie put fans through their paces with a variety of quiz rounds. Love Island winner Cara De La Hoyde and fellow Islanders of the past Gabby, Georgia and Tyne-Lexy stayed at Signature Living’s Shankly Hotel just a few weeks ago. And during their stay, we filmed some exclusive videos for our video quiz round.
Roger Jonas and Katie Salmon
We also served up a colourful range of refreshing Love Island cocktails. Our eclectic menu featured the Do Bits Society, Megan the Snake and My Type on Paper. What more could a Love Island fan want?!
Our colourful creations went down a treat with our quiz guests. Poured to perfection by our cocktail experts, Arthouse Hotel’s Mulholland Bar is one of the best spots for cocktails in Liverpool.
We spread the summer vibe around Arthouse with plenty of decorations brightening up the bar. Even our famous gorilla sported some summer attire! Quiz attendees enjoyed our range of cocktails and indulged in delicious pizzas.
Love Island’s Katie Salmon was joined by her girl group including Instagram star and model Chloe Khan.
Of course, we couldn’t let our Love Island quiz-goers miss an episode! In between the fun, we showcased the latest antics of the villa on our big screen.
The drama saw Wes save Megan and everyone’s favourite love-to-hate Islander Adam pack his bags for home. It’s safe to say we had our very own commentary of cheers and boos as the dumping took place.
Amazing Love Island Quiz Prizes
At Signature Living, we never do things by halves. So, we went all out with amazing prizes for our quiz winners. The first prize saw our lucky winners bag a stay in our luxury Skyline Suite.
The perfect party atmosphere, the stylish spot features everything from a large pool-style bath to outdoor terrace looking out across the city.
The second prize offered the winner a romantic date night meal at Liverpool’s iconic Alma de Cuba bar and restaurant. And last but not least, winners of our third prize got their hands on some Love Island themed goodies!
This summer, why not join us for a girls weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? With weekend availability this August, don’t miss out on the fun!
Arthouse is a movie-themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool nightlife. The perfect spot for a sleepover or night out with the girls, what better way to spend a summer evening?
Plus, we have a fabulous weekend offer in store for you that you won’t want to miss…
Our Favourite Summer Movies
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.
Roman Holiday (1953)
A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list. Starring the timeless Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, the romantic classic saw Audrey win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven year Itch is another of our favourites. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences the iconic scene of Monroe standing on the subway grate in her famous white dress.
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 with the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera.
Stand By Me (1986)
A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. The heartwarming film is a summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are brought along on an unforgettable hike in search of a dead body.
The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes to childhood summer movies. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from summer camp chaos to lakeside mischief. Not forgetting, there’s a fantastic use of Beatles hit ‘Here Comes the Sun’.
It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies ever made! 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.
Last but certainly not least, our list of summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s iconic 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. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes.
Girls Weekend Away 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.
One of our most popular summer rooms is our dazzling Marilyn Monroe themed room. Decorated in glamorous shades of red, this fabulous space is truly one of a kind.
Have your very own Marilyn moment as you and the girls enjoy a night in style. Sleeping 4 guests, this stylish room includes a whirlpool bath, TV and dressing table.
Grease fans can also look forward to staying in style in our Grease-themed hotel room. Sleeping 6 guests, this room will leave you with chills, multiplyin’…
Ultimate Girls Weekend (£229 per person)
Our Ultimate Girls Weekend deal is the perfect way to spend a fun-filled weekend in Liverpool city centre, only moments from Liverpool nightlife.
This summer, enjoy an unforgettable stay at Arthouse Hotel. The Liverpool city centre hotel is the perfect spot for spending a sizzling night in the city.
Liverpool nightlife is better than ever over the summer months, with an array of beer gardens open for business and unmissable events both day and night.
Sail to sea this summer with a stay in our bright and bold Yellow Submarine room at Arthouse Hotel. This striking room sleeps up to 4 guests and features a double whirlpool bath and flat screen TV.
Paying tribute to the Fab Four, this is the perfect spot for Beatles fans to enjoy a night in Liverpool. The Beatles themed hotel room is one of a kind, celebrating the iconic 1968 film and iconic Beatles song.
So whether you’ll be heading to the Cavern Club this summer in Liverpool or taking a journey to Strawberry Fields, don’t miss the chance to finish your day in style at Arthouse Hotel.
You’ll feel on top of the world in our dazzling Skyline suites. Designed with style, comfort and luxury in mind, this exquisite space is decorated with a fusion of royal blue, gold and white.
Dived into 2 amazing suites, the interconnected rooms can sleep up to 12 people. With a spacious private terrace showcasing breathtaking views across Liverpool, the Skyline Suite is the ultimate summer party destination.
Make the most of the room with a pamper in the giant whirlpool bath before you step out onto the terrace with a glass of bubbly! Whether you choose to stay in or head out and explore, you’ll find the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep.
Capturing the effervescent glamour of Marilyn Monroe, our picture-perfect Marilyn Monroe room is the go-to destination for a summer stay with the girls! This spacious room celebrates both the Hollywood icon and Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting Marilyn Diptych.
The bright shades of red create the perfect party atmosphere, bringing guests a stylish alternative to ordinary hotel accommodation. This spectacular room features a whirlpool bath, TV screen, dressing table and large windows letting the summer sun shine in.
Sound of Music
The city is alive with the sound of music this summer in Liverpool! Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning Sound of Music room will sweep you off your feet.
Celebrating the timeless musical movie, this themed room is decorated with a fusion of glistening gold, ensuring you feel like a VIP from start to finish.
The spectacular space features a large screen TV, double whirlpool bath and kitchenette. So, why not see for yourself this summer in Liverpool?
Sleeping up to 6 guests, Arthouse Hotel’s Lips room is ideal for a summer stay in Liverpool. Popular for girlie weekend breaks in Liverpool city centre, our stylish Lips room is inspired by the colourful yet simplistic piece of art by Andy Warhol.
Guests can enjoy the spacious whirlpool bath, perfect for some relaxation. Arthouse Hotel specialises in luxury group accommodation, ensuring you and your friends can stay within the one room.
If you’ll be visiting Liverpool to explore the best of The Beatles, look no further. At Arthouse Hotel, our guests can enjoy stylish, affordable Beatles-themed hotel rooms.
Based in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep. Plus, famous landmarks and cultural attractions just a short stroll away.
Beatles Themed Hotel Rooms
Arthouse Hotel is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Liverpool. Our range of rooms are themed around music and film, showcasing the very best of pop culture.
We have two amazing Beatles rooms to choose from; our Yellow Submarine room and John Lennon room each offer something entirely unique.
Yellow Submarine Room
Our bright and airy Yellow Submarine room invites up to 4 guests to enjoy waves of blue and fantastic facilities. Inspired by the 1968 film of the same title, Beatles fans can look forward to an array of amenities within this picture-perfect space.
The room includes a double whirlpool bath, Bluetooth sound system and flat screen TV, ideal for those wishing to sit back and relax after a Hard Day’s Night. This spacious room is perfect for a summer stay in Liverpool, especially with friends or family.
John Lennon Room
Designed in royal red, our John Lennon room celebrates both the Beatles legend and the work of And Warhol. Inspired by the Menlove Ave. album cover, this stylish space captures the eccentricity of two of the world’s most iconic artists.
Sleeping up to 6 guests, this dreamy room features multiple deluxe beds, a large whirlpool bath, kitchenette space and Bluetooth. Ideal for hosting special celebrations or simply a special night’s stay, our John Lennon room is one of a kind.
Latest Beatles Attractions in Liverpool
Home to the Fab Four, fans visit from across the globe visit the city to explore Beatles attractions and landmarks. From Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields to The Beatles Story museum, fans certainly never find themselves short of things to see or do.
Museum of Liverpool is now showing Double Fantasy – John & Yoko
Double Fantasy Exhibition
One of the latest Beatles attractions in Liverpool, you won’t want to miss out on Double Fantasy – John & Yoko. The free exhibition is on at the Museum of Liverpool, and explores the creative chemistry of the world’s most iconic couple.
The moving exhibition takes fans on a journey through time, featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film. Fans can also enjoy displays drawn from Yoko’s private collection, which have never been shown before. This immersive experience is one that you’ll treasure.
Unique Beatles Tours
While you’re visiting, why not enjoy a bespoke tour package? The Shankly Experience specialises in themed tours around Liverpool, designed to offer a personal and unique exploration of the city.
The Fab Four and Shanks Tour is ideal for Beatles and football fans. The fascinating tour tells the story of how the rise of the Beatles throughout the 60s ran parallel with the success of Liverpool FC under Bill Shankly’s management.
A Beatles Night Out in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is situated only moments from Liverpool’s best nightlife venues. From quirky bars to live music venues, you’ll find local favourites right on your doorstep.
Plus, if you want to experience a night out in true Beatles style, we’re only a short walk from the Fab Four’s favourite places to drink in the city. The Grapes and Ye Cracke were particular favourites, and remain just as popular today.
You’ll find The Grapes sitting on Mathew Street, the same street made famous by Beatles landmark The Cavern Club. Meanwhile, discover the charms of Ye Cracke tucked away on the streets surrounding John Lennon’s old stomping ground.
John, Stuart Sutcliffe and other students would regularly meet at Ye Cracke alongside artists, poets and pub-politicans. We’re sure you can imagine the animated conversations and characters to have passed through its doors. You may have even seen a grainy photograph of John and his college friends sitting outside the pub.
Arthouse Hotel Offers
At Arthouse Hotel, we want you to have the best possible stay. That’s why we always have a range of unmissable offers to choose from. Some of our most popular hotel deals in Liverpool include our Stay & Dine offer and Movie Star Magic offer.
Stay & Dine (£119 per couple) includes:
Luxury overnight stay with double Jacuzzi bath
Delicious breakfast in Arthouse Bar & Pizzeria
2-course meal in the spectacular Alma de Cuba
Movie Star Magic (£109 per couple) includes:
Luxury overnight stay in movie-themed room
Latin-inspired 2-course meal at Alma de Cuba
Chilled Prosecco on arrival
To enquire further or to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool, we’d love to hear from you today on 0151 601 8801.
That terrifying ping of your phone and the utter dread of finding out what you looked like all night.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of everything that always happens on a girls’ night out. If you’re planning the next big night on the town with your special girl gang, why not book a stay in Arthouse Hotel, in the heart of Liverpool city centre and really make the most of your time together.
Our movie-themed hotel is perfect for groups of friends planning a fun night away together. Each of our luxurious rooms have been designed with comfort and group stays in mind, sleeping up to 12 people!
Check out our fabulous Here Come the Girls offer, this includes a 2 night stay in a luxurious suite, delicious breakfast each morning, party ready makeover including hair or make up and a tasty 2-course meal at a Signature Living restaurant one evening.
If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with our friendly team today.
While staying at Arthouse Hotel, you’ll find many of the best restaurants in Liverpool right on your doorstep.
Since you may find yourself spoilt for choice, we thought we’d narrow it down with our top recommendations.
Each of our choices is within walking distance from the hotel, so why not stop off for a bite to eat before exploring Liverpool nightlife?
Best Restaurants in Liverpool
Sitting moments away along dynamic Seel Street, the dazzling decor and delicious dishes of Blind Tiger await.
With a stylish speakeasy feel, this unique bar and restaurant offers full table service, live music and an extensive Dim Sum menu.
Blind Tiger is also renowned for hosting talented live musicians for an atmospheric dining experience.
Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s best-loved spots to wine and dine in the city centre. You’ll find the historic gem along Seel Street, within the spectacular walls of a former church.
Perfect for those with a cultured palette, Alma de Cuba boasts an eclectic menu, showcasing the fantastic flavours of South American cuisine.
By night, the ground floor of Alma offers a carnival-style experience, from sparkling Samba dancers to their famous petal shower.
Dia + Noche
You’ll find the twinkling lights of Dia + Noche amongst the row of independent gems on Bold Street. This charming restaurant is one of the newest additions to Liverpool’s dining scene, and it’s certainly made quite the impression.
Serving up delicious lunch by day, this stylish space transforms into a stylish tapas and cocktail bar by night. You can choose from a range of tasty nibbles and main courses as you soak up the atmosphere.
Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen
Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen is another of Bold Street’s independent favourites. Since opening its doors in 2016, the South American inspired spot has become a firm favourite for delicious food and drink.
Whether you opt for a refreshing plate from the Veggie Bar, browse the MeatFeast section or try a delectable dessert, Chicha’s colourful menu is bursting with flavour and choice.
Perfect if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a big night out, NoLita Cantina doesn’t do anything by halves! Inspired by American Bistros with the feel of a New York deli, you can look forward to plenty of indulgence.
Treat yourself to a huge helping of meat with a hearty burger or sandwich overflowing with silky cheese. Veggies don’t have to worry as there’s also a great selection of vegetarian options guaranteed to hit the spot.
La Finca Eivissa
Capturing the essence of summertime bliss, La Finca Evissa will brighten up any day of the week with a taste of Ibiza. Serving a fusion of Spanish-Mediterranean tapas, this eclectic spot is perfect for enjoying a bite to eat before the party begins.
Look forward to the best Ibizan cocktails and enjoy a warm reminder of the White Isle. You’ll find La Finca right next to Arthouse Hotel.
Bringing Liverpool an authentic slice of Italy, don’t miss a visit to Villa Romana during your stay at Arthouse Hotel. Serving traditional Italian dishes in a charming, rustic setting, Villa Romana showcases the best of home-cooked Italian food.
Their extensive menu ranges from delicious Neapolitan pizza to fresh pasta, grilled and pan fried meat, fish dishes, antipasti and speciality breads and salads. What better way to start a night of wining and dining?
La Parrilla Bold Street
Serving up classic Mexican cuisine and char-grilled meats, look no further than La Parrilla for authentic food and drink served with a feel-good atmosphere.
Their mouthwatering menu features a huge range of Mexican favourites. And you’ll be pleased to know their portions are just as impressive.
Choose from flavoursome burritos, golden chimichangas, impressive sharing dishes and much more. Oh, and you’re more than likely to end up in a sombrero!
To enquire further about staying at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801. In the meantime, why not check out our latest offers?
Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and influential directors of all time. From Birds to Psycho to Vertigo, it is hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of ‘The Master of Suspense’s films. As we approach the anniversary of the legendary director’s death, nearly 40 years ago on April 29th 1980, we take a look back on all things Alfred Hitchcock.
He was celebrated throughout the cinematic world for his distinctly recognisable directorial style, with shots framed to maximise the feeling of unease within his viewers, creating a sense of fear, dread or anxiety in his innovative forms of film editing.
It was this iconic style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.
The Early Life of an Icon
Born to a William Hitchcock, a greengrocer in Leytonstone in 1899, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was the second son and youngest of three children. Often found drawing and inventing games in his spare time, he was quiet and described as a bit of a loner – a trait that was mainly due to his size, which was large even as a child.
A story often told about Hitchcock’s upbringing, and the subsequent influence on his life and career is the story of Hitchcock’s time spent in prison.
When he was five years old, Hitchcock’s very strict, Catholic father punished the young boy for being naughty by sending him to the local police station with a note, asking the officers to lock him away for several minutes. This was Hitchcock’s only brush with the law, thanks to a deep-seated fear of authority because of this very moment.
After graduating from London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, with fantastic draftsmanship skills under his belt, Hitchcock took a job at Henley Telegraph Company as an estimator for their manufacture of electric cable.
With a job he saw as mind-numbing, Hitchcock used his free time to attend the cinema (often by himself0, read cinema trade papers and take drawing classes at London University. This creative side shone through in Henley’s Social Club magazine, where his short stories with twist endings and caricatures were published. These published works got Hitchcock promoted to the advertising department, as a creative advertising illustrator.
The Birth of a Director
Hitchcock’s first endeavour into film was a job as a title card designer (the text in silent movies that explains actions or shows dialogue) for Famous Players-Lasky (which later became Paramount). He used this job to get his foot in the door for screenwriting, assistant director, set designer and all other aspects of filmmaking.
After a few failed attempts at directing while at Famous Players-Lasky, during which he met his future wife, Alma, Hitchcock scored a hit with The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927. The film was a major success in the United Kingdom and is regarded as the first ‘Hitchcockian’ film, heavily influenced by expressionist techniques that Hitchcock witnessed while directing The Pleasure Garden in Germany in 1926.
The 1930s saw Hitchcock make film after film, with many becoming a success both on home soil and across the Atlantic in America. His 1938 film The Lady Vanishes, won the New York Critics’ Award for Best Film, which helped catch the attention of American film producer and studio owner David O. Selznick, who extended a contract offer of three motion picture films. Hitchcock accepted and moved his now wife Alma, and ten-year-old daughter Patricia, to Hollywood.
Hitchcock was one of the first directors to which the ‘auteur theory was applied, a theory which stresses the artistic authority of the director in the filmmaking process. Such artistry is what contributed to so many of Hitchcock’s films being regarded with such icon status.
Perhaps the most well-known film from Hitchcock didn’t come until later in his career, Psycho, released in 1960, was the most shocking film of its time. With twists and disturbing themes that thrilled moviegoers across the world. The cheap budget ($800,000) gave Hitchcock motivation to be creative with his filming techniques, to such an extent that the now iconic shower scene, where the heroine is brutally murdered, is composed of more than 90 shots and 70 different angles. The scene is revered as one of the most thrilling pieces of work of all time.
Keeping with his later fashion of one-word titles and suspenseful thrillers, Hitchcock’s other most memorable films, which hold permanent places on the majority of ‘Top Films’ lists, includes Birds (1963), where a town is attacked by menacing flocks of birds, and Vertigo (1958), a story of obsession, manipulation and fear and a cycle of madness and lies.
The endless list of classics produced by the Master of Suspense is one of the many reasons he is considered to be one of, if not the, best directors of all time.
Not to be ignored are Hitchcock’s lesser known films, iconic in their own right, but often overshadowed by is creative giants. Early works such as Notorious (1946), Spellbound (1945) and The 39 Steps (1935) all have their place in film history for their technical ingenuity.
With more than 50 feature films under his belt throughout his career, there is a plethora of hidden and niche Hitchcock films that document his development to the style he was admired for.
Often cited as a pioneer and auteur, Hitchcock’s filming style is what places him in the director’s hall of fame, with signature filming techniques and styles that help identify any of his films as distinctly Hitchcockian.
He appears as a cameo in 39 of his films, often with no lines and as a brief background character in early scenes. The tradition began When filming his first major success, The Lodger (1927), when there weren’t enough extras to fill the newsroom in the opening scene.
Certain camera angles and techniques have become associated with the director’s feature films, as he creates a feel of voyeurism for the audience, with point of view shots and roving tracking to guide the audience to the subject at hand.
Hitchcock also gained a reputation for using ‘icy blondes’ as his chosen heroines, from Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh to Ingrid Bergman. He once said that blondes are thought to be innocent and glamorous – the perfect recipe for a victim. The icy attitude was for added suspense, and to confuse the audience with their lack of empathy for the poor femme fatale.
He was also noted for his rigorous planning of his productions, with every detail of every scene meticulously storyboarded, with every camera angle, sound effect and movement accounted for and unchanged throughout the filming process.
Hitchcock met his wife, Alma, while working at his first studio, Famous Players-Lasky. She worked on continuity and editing for several of his early works and the two were married in 1926 and she became his chief collaborator on all films. Alma took a backseat to the limelight as she did not want the public attention that came with her husband’s rise to fame.
The couple welcomed their first and only child, a girl named Patricia, in 1928, and the entire family moved to Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered Hitchcock a three-film contract in March 1939.
Awards, Honours and Death
Being one of the most well-noted directors in history comes with a string of awards and honours across a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the industry. Along with innumerable Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations and awards, Hitchcock also received five lifetime achievement awards, eight Laurel Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hitchcock became Sir Alfred Hitchcock after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.
In the first few months after his knighthood, Hitchcock worked on a script for a new spy thriller, The Short Night, but the project never came to fruition due to the director’s rapidly declining health. In April of 1980, he passed away in his home of renal failure at 80 years old.
The Hitchcock Floor at Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel, close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife, pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films.
Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema.
Experience an elegant take on Bates Motel in Pyscho, or indulge in Notorious, there’s glamour in Suspicion and dark decadence in The Birds.
Be enchanted in Spellbound or experience life on the run in Stage Fright, there’s also the mystifying magnetism of Vertigo and a 1920s vibe in Easy Virtue.
There’s stylish accommodation for everyone whatever your favourite Hitchcock film, and with an amazing location in the heart of cultural Liverpool, there is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.
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!
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.
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.
The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.
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.
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.
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.
The Guardian Angel
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.
An Art Teacher
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.
Beauty School Dropout
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.
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.
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.
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.
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 musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.
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.
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.
There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.