Memorable Mom Movie Moments from the Best Movie Mothers

Get snuggled up with mum on the couch this Mother’s Day and make your way through these classic mom movies with a bucket of tasty treats and a bottle of mum’s favourite plonk.

We’ve gathered all the greatest movie moments, from the cute and heartwarming to the scary and downright disturbing.

Here, in no particular order are the greatest mom movie moments of all time.

Mrs George

Aka: Regina’s Mum

Movie: Mean Girls

Mrs George makes it very clear from the get-go she’s not like a regular mom, she’s a cool Mom. Her velour tracksuit, blonde tresses and rocking bod certainly go a long way to confirm this.

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Our favourite mom movie moment;

Mrs George: Happy Hour is from 4-6!

Cady: Is there alcohol in this?

Mrs George: Oh god, no, honey, what kind of mother do you think I am? Why, do you want a little bit? Because if you’re gonna drink, I’d rather you do it in the house.

Amy Mitchell

Aka: The original Bad Mom

Movie: Bad Moms

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The ultimate struggling mother trying to balance work, social life, love life and the dreaded PTA, Amy Mitchell is the most relatable movie mother we’ve encountered yet. She tells it like it is, lets loose and has a little fun with her newly found mummy mates.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Arriving late to a PTA meeting, Amy decides to quit and starts a revolt against the PTA chairwoman eventually overthrowing the whole system.

Morticia Adams

Aka: Wednesday, Pugsley and Pubert’s mum

Movie: Adams Family and Adams Family Values

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Although she may have a dark side, Morticia Adams is a devoted mother to her three unique children. She indulges their macabre games and encourages them to explore and celebrate the Adams’ individuality.

What more could you want from a mum?

Our favourite mom movie moment;

In Adams Family Values, when a curse falls upon Morticia’s family, and she’s reading to Pubert from The Cat in the Hat exclaiming when she reaches the end of the story

“Oh, no . . . he lives”

Celeste

Aka: Jessie’s alien stepmother

Movie: My Stepmother is an Alien

Who wouldn’t love a mother like Celeste whose alien bag can produce everything from fist-sized diamonds to designer clothes? She even makes Jessie fly at one point. Too cool.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

To fulfil the typical earth mom role, Celeste whips up every dish on the menu from the corner restaurant for breakfast. Even giving the dog, Dave, a selection of desserts and chicken wings in his bowl.

Bella Swan

Aka: Renesmee’s Mum

Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II

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Of course, there’s no movie mother quite like Bella Swan. Giving birth to a half vampire half human baby, dying in the process only to be reborn as a vampire herself then taking on a legion of vampire lords to protect her newborn daughter.

That’s motherhood right there.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

After Bella wakes up and realises Jacob has imprinted on Renesmee and furiously throws him against a tree demonstrating her newborn vampire strength and her protective instincts.

Marge Simpson

Aka: Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s Mum

Movie: The Simpsons Movie

Over the decades Marge Simpson became everyone’s favourite cartoon mum, stuck forever with a teenage son, a genius daughter and an Alien baby.

When The Simpsons Movie was made, Marge resumed her role as the sane one in the group, continuing to keep the family together through thick and thin.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Whilst cleaning and listening intently to Lisa describe her new boyfriend, Marge gives Lisa some sage advice about how important it is to find a man who listens to her. She is then cut off mid-sentence when she notices pig tracks on the ceiling and wonders how they got there.

Mrs Gump

Aka: Forrest’s mum

Movie: Forrest Gump

The most touching mother-son relationship of all movie time is the bond between Mrs Gump and Forrest. Throughout the film, her strength to give Forrest confidence in life makes her one of the greatest movie moms ever.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Molly Weasley

Aka: Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Percy and Charlie’s mum

Movie: The Harry Potter Series

The greatest mum in the wizarding world award goes to Molly Weasley. Even though her kind welcoming presence is a reassurance that things will be okay throughout the film, Molly Weasley is not a mum to be trifled with and will not hesitate to blow up anyone who threatens her family.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Sarah Connor

Aka: John Connor’s mum

Movie: Terminator 2

Sarah Connor is one of the most amazing movie mothers whose existence is tantamount to the entire Terminator franchise. From being hunted to becoming the hunter, Sarah Connor is a fierce warrior mother who battles for her and her son’s survival in a variety of time zones.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When the T-1000 jabs Sarah in the shoulder with his finger that turns into a knife and tries to torture her for information. She just casually uses her one good arm to try and reload her big ass shotgun, blowing his non-existent nuts off then getting away to save her kid. Tough as nails!

Helen Parr

Aka: Dash and Violet’s mum

Movie: The Incredibles 1 & 2

Another cartoon mother we simply have to give snaps to. Helen Parr, the once great Elastigirl, now a mother of three amazing children gave up her excellent crime-stopping lifestyle to form a family.

In both Incredibles 1 & 2, Helen Parr shows she can still whip butt with the best of them, helping to defeat both Syndrome and the Screenslaver.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

After being shot out of the sky, Helen Parr transforms into a parachute to safely deliver herself and her kids into the sea, after which she threatens to ground both the kids unless they calm down before morphing into a dingy to get them safely to land.

Talk about multi-tasking skills!

Mrs Edna Turnblad

Aka: Tracy’s mum

Movie: Hairspray

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Big, bold and beautiful Edna Turnblad is the mum we’re all rooting for as her life turns from shut-in to show off in the movie Hairspray. Always played in Drag, Edna Turnblad is one yummy mummy we just love to love.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

The Mr Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway makeover of course. In both the original and the 2007 movie version these scenes are pure mummy magic.

Lilly Potter

Aka: Harry’s mum

Movie: Harry Potter

When it comes to giving it all up for your kids, Lilly Potter wins hands down. Not only did she stand up to he-who-must-not-be-named to save her son, but she also armed him with everything he’d need to take Voldemort down in the end, including making Harry the last Horcrux by default.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When Lily cast herself in front of the Avada Kedavra curse meant to kill Harry, deflecting it back on him and permanently weakening him forever.

Jeanine Stifler

Aka: Stifler’s Mum

Aka: MILF

Movie: American Pie Series

Only a son like Steve Stifler could come from a mum like Jeanine. A no-nonsense hottie whose presence in the movie serves only to give Finch a hold over her own son.

When Stifler’s mum seduces Finch, she gives him the night of his life and sets the standard to which he’ll hold all future encounters to measure.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

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Karen

Aka: Daisy and Bernie’s mum

Movie: Love Actually

The woman who made other women across the world temporarily despise Alan Rickman, Karen is the perfect mother, who lives for her children and sacrifices her own dreams for a happy family home.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Karen: The trouble with being the Prime Minister’s sister is, it does put your life into rather harsh perspective. What did my brother do today? He stood up and fought for his country. And what did I do? I made a papier maché lobster head.

Andy’s Mum

Aka: Emily (fan theory)

Movie: The Toy Story Series

If there’s one mum whose shown she can handle it all its Andy’s mum. As any mother knows the loss or breakage of a favourite toy can be catastrophic and yet she brushes it off pulling out other distractions like Pizza Planet and puppies.

Only once did we see her lose her cool when Andy . . . sob. . . left for college. Andy’s mum is one tough cookie.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

A fan theory that makes Andy’s Mum Jessie’s original owner, Emily.

Minds blown!

Mrs McAllister

Aka: Kevin’s mum

Movie: Home Alone 1 & 2

Every mum’s worst nightmare is leaving something important at home on route to the airport for a family getaway. Leaving a child behind, unthinkable. Twice, unforgivable.

But of course, we know that what ensues are two of the greatest family movies ever made.

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What we love about Mrs McAllister is in both movies she will stop at nothing to get back to her boy, including traversing the country in the back of a van and wandering the scary streets of New York City alone.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

In the second movie when Mrs McAllister realises she knows exactly where Kevin will be, and they are reunited under the huge Christmas tree. Weep.

Norma Bates

Aka: Norman’s mum

Movie: Psycho

The mother of all mother movies is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The twisted relationship between Norma and Norman is one that is still referenced today in many psychological thrillers. Psycho’s Norma Bates takes the overbearing mother figure to a whole new level.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When Mrs Bates’ corpse is found in the cellar and Norman appears dressed as her wielding a knife, one of the greatest cinematic reveals of all time.

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Ellen Ripley

Aka: The Mother of the Alien Queen

Movie: Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection

Before Khalissi, Mother of Dragons there was Ripley mother of Aliens. After birthing a creature that only a mother could love, this kick-ass mum is forced to kill her offspring in not one but two Alien movies

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Trapped on the fleeing ship in Alien Resurrection, Ripley’s half human, half alien offspring has killed a few more cast members.

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Ripley gets all maternal, cuddling the creature before using her own blood to melt a hole in the glass window and then watches her alien child get sucked out into space!

The Other Mother

Aka: Coraline’s other mum

Movie: Coraline

Sometimes our own mothers can seem a little boring or too busy to pay us attention, that’s where the other mothers come in. But of course, no mother is better than the one you’ve already got, as Coraline found out the hard way.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When Coraline’s mum buys her the gloves she asked for in the early scenes and shows she was listening all along.

Donna Sheridan

Aka: Sophie’s mum

Movie: Mamma Mia

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The coolest movie mum ever has to be Donna Sheridan, who single-handedly raised her daughter on a stunning Greek island after leaving her friends, bandmates and musical career behind.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When Donna is helping Sophie get ready for her wedding, recounting all the fun times she had to the song “Slipping through my fingers” by ABBA.

Evelyn O’Connell

Aka: Alex’s mum

Movie: The Mummy Returns

Not only did Evelyn O’Connell battle an undead Mummy, but she also took on a reincarnated Egyptian warrior Princess to save her son and husband from the clutches of the Scorpion King and came back from the dead to do it.

That’s dedication.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When battling a soldier from the army of Anaksunamun, Evelyn’s son Alex asks his mum “Wow mum where did you learn that?”, to which she replies I have no idea.

Then, throwing out a powerful right hook knocking a soldier out, she tells Alex “That I learned from your father.”

Elizabeth James

Aka: Annie and Hallie’s mum

Movie: The Parent Trap

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The effortlessly stylish and successful Elizabeth James seems like the perfect role model for little Annie and her estranged twin sister Hallie. She also has a clumsy endearing quality which makes us love her all the more.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When Elizabeth is packing to swap Annie and Hallie back, pacing her room smoking a cigarette, with a roller in her hair and sunglasses on have a mini meltdown. Relatable.

Maria Von Trapp

Aka: Gretl, Marta, Kurt, Brigitta, Louisa, Frederich and Leisl’s mum

Movie: The Sound of Music

A woman who would never become a nun instead became the mother of 7 children in war-torn Austria, saving them all from Nazi rule with the Sound of Music and a good healthy hike into the hills.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When all the Von Trapp kids huddle up in Maria’s bed during the thunderstorm and sing about their favourite things to feel better.

Mama Fratelli

Aka: Mikey, Jake and Sloth’s mum

Movie: The Goonies

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One of the worst mums on the list, Mama Fratelli was a mum you would never mess with. She kept her two of her sons in check with frequent beatings and kept the other locked in chains his whole life!

Our favourite mom movie moment;

Mama Fratelli: You remember that song I used to sing to you?

Sloth: Yeah!

Mama Fratelli: You were little back then?

Mama Fratelli: Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks the cradle will fall…

Sloth: Break! Fall!

Mama Fratelli: No! I only dropped once.

Sloth: Ahh!

Mama Fratelli: Well, maybe twice. No Sloth! Put me down!

Beverly Sutphin

Aka: Misty and Chip’s mum

Movie: Serial Mom

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As far as mad movie mums go, Beverly Sutphin takes the cake. Why do we love her? Because she’ll do anything to keep her kids happy, including murder their teachers.

Our favourite mum movie moment;

Chip: So happy I could s**t.

Beverly: Chip! You know how I hate the brown word.

Maureen Prescott

Aka: Sydney’s mum

Movie: Scream Series

It’s well known that if it weren’t for Sydney’s mum, the Scream franchise would never have happened. So, even though Sydney might not thank her mum for years of dodging psychotic serial killers, we certainly do.

Our favourite mom movie moment;

When the ghost of Maureen comes to haunt Sydney in her dreams. As if she hasn’t caused her enough trouble already. Gorsh!

What a wonderful array of mom movie moments, from the magical and heartwarming to the terrifying and slightly disturbing.

Mother’s Day at Arthouse Hotel

If you are hoping to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day, why not treat to a night at Arthouse Hotel? Here she can enjoy an overnight stay in utter luxury surrounded by movie inspired decor and indulgent facilities.

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What’s more, Sunday’s in Mulholland Singing Diner, are filled with pure Disney magic and classic show tune entertainment provided by our live singing waiters. If your mum loves her musicals Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel are the place for you this Mother’s Day in Liverpool.

Take a dip in the double jacuzzi baths, enjoy a meal at the nearby Alma de Cuba or explore the nearby nightlife with your very own “cool mom”. Call on 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to arrange your Mother’s Day visit.

The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Oscars Moments

The Oscars is an incredibly prestigious evening which plays host to the crème de la crème and who’s who of the film industry. Each year, in the lead up to the star-studded event, we all wait with anticipation to see who’s nominated, what will be worn on the red carpet, whether we will see another ‘envelopegate’ and this year, how the night unfolds without a host.

Most importantly though, will Fiji water girl be there?

Whilst we’re all looking forward to this year’s awards ceremony, let’s look back at some of the best – and quite frankly, the weirdest – moments in Oscars history.

1. The Time That Fella Streaked Across the Stage Wearing Nothin’ but a Moustache

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In 1974, host David Niven was in the middle of introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present an award when suddenly artist and activist Robert Opel ran across the stage butt naked. He flashed the audience a peace sign and, well, quite a lot more.

2. Rob Lowe’s Bizarre Opening Number

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Let’s just say that the last time the Oscars went without a host, things got weird. Dead weird. In 1989, Rob Lowe and Snow White sang “Proud Mary” as an odd duet. Disney sued, and the likes of Julie Andrews and Paul Newman co-signed a letter describing as an “embarrassment.”

3. Meryl Streep Looking Like the Fairy Godmother from Shrek

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Need we say more?

4. Leo Finally Winning an Oscar

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After jokes surrounding his lack of wins snowballing year after year, our Leo finally got his hands on an Oscar in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant. Apparently, all it really takes is eating a bison liver and getting attacked by a massive bear.

5. Nicole Kidman Clapping

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Is it the Grinch? Is it a Seal? No! It’s Nicole Kidman clapping! She later explained her unique celebratory technique was to protect a very expensive diamond ring she was wearing.

6. John Travolta Being John Travolta

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When introducing Tony-award winning Broadway star Idina Menzel in 2015, Mr Travolta decided instead to utilise his platform to shed light on a new, undiscovered talent. Her name? Adela Dazeem.

Not really. He just couldn’t pronounce her name properly. She did get her own back the next year when she returned to introduce her “dear friend, Glom Gazingo.” John then proceeded to weirdly cup her chin.

7. Jennifer Lawrence Falling Over

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We love a relatable queen! Stumbling up the stairs live on air during one of the biggest events of your career? Eh, no biggie.

8. Jennifer Lawrence Climbing Over Seats Equipped with Wine

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Because this is all of us.

9. The Entire Time Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish Were on Stage

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These two amazing women stole the show in 2018. Maya Rudolph told us all that her pinkie toe had fallen off and Tiffany told Meryl Streep she wanted her to be her mum. It was great.

10. That Selfie

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Ellen managed to break Twitter – and our hearts – with the celeb-filled selfie of 2014. It became the most re-tweeted photograph ever that year and even surpassed the original record held by Obama.

11. When Chrissy Teigen Fell Asleep

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It was either a genuine power nap or some meticulously timed Casey Affleck shade, but seeing Chrissy in the crowd snoozing on John Legend’s shoulder in 2017 was everything.

12. Bjork Laying an Egg

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We’re so happy this is a real-life thing that happened. Bjork’s 2001 feathered swan dress became one of the most iconic Oscars fashion moments in history – it’s now honoured in the MoMA – but what really stole the show was her then ‘laying’ a massive swan egg, right in the middle of the red carpet.

13. Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

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The guest of honour at the 2012 Oscars? A leg. Angelina’s right one, to be exact. Angie’s leg gave us a full dose of that Oscars realness. She served knee. She served us up a hot plate of red-carpet glamour. She didn’t come to play – she came to slay. She even got her own Twitter account.

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If you’re anything like us, then you’ll be a film-lover who looks forward to awards season every year. This year, why not plan an Oscar’s viewing party & stay in a movie-inspired room at Arthouse? Just give us a call on 0151 236 0166 to get you and your mates booked in! 

The Oscars 2019: Who Should Have Hosted

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

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

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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

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

Will Smith

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

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

Rihanna

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

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

Cher

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Because, well, it’s Cher.

Idris Elba

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

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

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

Sandra Bullock

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

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

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig

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

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

RuPaul & Co.

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

This are the Oscars we deserve.

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

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

Sing-a-longs & Shakes | Book a Kids’ Party at Mulholland Singing Diner Today

There’s A Whole New World launching in Liverpool and it’s the perfect place to host a birthday party for any Disney-loving kids or musical-obsessed teens.

Go The Distance this year and give your child a birthday party they’ll never forget at the UK’s first singing diner in Liverpool. Prepare to be star-struck at Mulholland Singing Diner as our showstopping waiters take you on a musical journey through Disney hits, musical favourites and movie number ones.

Capturing the sparkling spirit of Broadway, Mulholland is the ultimate birthday party venue for kids everywhere, offering delicious food, incredible entertainment and a chance for everyone to Let It Go!

Enjoy a unique musical experience at the Mulholland Singing Diner

Join us for a pitch perfect musical experience in the centre of the city – ideal for a kids’ celebratory day out or unforgettable evening meal. From famous movie soundtracks to the very best 80s ballads for all the family to enjoy, our incredible waiters will have you singing along in no time as they serve up delectable state-side meals and million-dollar shakes for a birthday party like no other.

The perfect experience for a little star in the making, or a wannabe girl-group looking for a fabulous day out, Be Prepared to be wowed at this exclusive dining experience in the heart of Liverpool.

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Whether you’re a musical fanatic or you’ve only watched one Disney movie, there’s something for everyone at Mulholland Singing Diner. After all, There’s No Business Like Show Business so book your table now to enjoy a sprinkle of stardust on your little one’s birthday celebrations.

Tuck into a showstopping celebratory menu

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Teen parties can get stuck into a state-side menu, full of classic American favourites and unique Mulholland specialties (all with a musical touch).

Be Our Guest as you pick from multi-coloured nachos, musical-themed hot dogs and Spice-Girl based pizzas plus much, much more. Why not enjoy our Do you waffle build a snowman? Or tuck into The Greatest Showman Sundae packed with brownie pieces, ice cream, marshmallows, a side of candyfloss and All That Jazz? Our service is Greased Lightnin’-special with a side of musical accompaniment, so there won’t be a dull moment once you step inside our Seel Street set.

And for younger movie-stars, our kids menu offers all the fun in smaller portions: pick from sandwiches and wraps, two-topping pizzas and delectable ice-cream treats to fill hungry mouths.

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And of course, a diner isn’t a diner without milkshakes galore – and at Mulholland, no kid’s party is complete without one of our million-dollar shakes. You’ll love our Cake Shakes that seem to be Defying Gravity with their sumptuous toppings of cream, doughnuts, hundreds and thousands and sweet treats!

Make it a night like no other with a stay at Arthouse Hotel

Dial up the movie-mania for an ultimate film-themed birthday experience with a stay in one of our eclectic Arthouse Hotel suites. Sleeping up to 12, these luxurious rooms are perfect for children’s parties, offering plenty of space for excitable party guests and incredible in-room amenities such as flat-screen TVs, jacuzzi baths and even pools!

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Situated on Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique hotel with stylish rooms inspired by films including Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz, Grease and the Sound of Music. Check out our incredible packages today for unmissable deals to make your child’s birthday the ultimate movie experience.

To book a children’s party at Mulholland Singing Diner or an Arthouse Hotel room, call our team today on 0151 205 7900.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT & Stay for Halloween in Liverpool

We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.

Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.

This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.

Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.

Dr Frank-N-Furter

A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.

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He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.

Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.

Brad

Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.

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The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.

Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.

Janet

Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.

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When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.

Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.

Riff Raff

The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.

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Riff Raff has other plans and seems to hate being on earth, wishing to return home he eventually stages a mutiny against Frank-N-Furter.

To dress as Riff Raff for Halloween in Liverpool you would need a hunchback, frayed suit with tail coat and bald cap wig.

Magenta

Sister of Riff Raff and alien from Transsexual Transylvania, Magenta plays the maid of the household but again is really serving as Frank-N-Furter’s aid.

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She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.

Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.

Columbia

One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.

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Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.

Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.

Rocky

The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.

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Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.

To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.

Eddie

The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.

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The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.

During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.

Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.

The Guests

In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.

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Their outfits are mainly tuxes with whacky wigs, big sunglasses, gloves, top hats and pops of colour.

The Rocky Horror Room at Arthouse Hotel

After watching the movie screening at FACT cinema this Halloween in Liverpool enjoy a night out in the nearby bars and clubs of Seel Street. There’s plenty of places that welcome fancy dress in Liverpool and all are within a short walking distance of Arthouse Hotel.

The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.

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The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.

Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.

Book your stay for an amazing Halloween in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk along with tickets to see Rocky Horror Picture Show at FACT cinema here.

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

Sandy

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.

Danny

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.

On Set

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate At Arthouse As Champagne Turns 90 Years Old

When it comes to finding unique places to stay in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel always delivers. Located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district groups can enjoy celebrating a special occasion in style.

What better way to toast to a super special occasion than by popping a cork of the bubbly stuff inside our Hitchcock themed hotel room, Champagne?

Champagne The Movie

The 9th of Hitchcock silent movie marvels, Champagne gave us teasers as to what was to come from the Master of Suspense.

Clever camera work was used from the onset as we stare at a 20s party in full swing through the bottom of a champagne glass as it’s being drained.

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Champagne is proof that Hitchcock’s talents need no words and his skills could captivate any audience well before he sashayed into producing the thrillers and horrors he became so well known for.

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Happy 90th Birthday to Champagne the movie, you are looking good for an OAP.

Champagne Rules

To celebrate Champagne, turning 90 years old here are a few rules about how to drink the bubbliest of beverages like a pro.

#1 Always Point The Cork Away From People

There’s an art to opening a bottle of Champagne. Simply hold the cork and twist the bottle, this should minimise injury and spillage.

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#2 Savour Every Drop

There’s nothing more wasteful than Champagne spillage and this is why spraying your guests with the good stuff is a no, no. Hold tight and pour into a suitable receptacle.

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#3 Chill Before Serving

Take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and always make sure there’s an adequate amount of prechilled Champagne to hand. There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out!

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#4 Sip Don’t Slurp

If you don’t want to be that person whose speech becomes slurred before the first bubbles pop then take it slow and sip your Champagne, savour the flavour.

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#5 Have the Right Glass

Experts have decided that Champagne flutes are a thing of the past and the bigger the glass the better so get your hands of a goblet for the ultimate Champagne drinking experience.

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#6 Clinky

Despite what may be said among the snootier circles, the clinky is still an acceptable custom. Toast to your good health, the night ahead or the popping of the next bottle whatever the reason a clinky is a must.

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#7 Invest in A Magnum

Whether you have a large group or not a Magnum is simply the only way to go when it comes to drinking Champagne . . . just stick to the aforementionned rules and take it slow, using a glass!

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#8 Acceptable Garnish

Some Champagne connoisseurs may think that adding anything to your bubbly is sacrilege but we say there are a few acceptable garnishes such as certain fruits and liqueurs, find your favourite by experimenting with acceptable garnishes.

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#9 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

Bubbly can have quite an elevating effect, in fact, it’s been proven to generally lighten anyone’s mood, although some can feel effects quicker than others so tread softly when it comes to quaffing your Champers.

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#10 Even So Too Much Is Just Enough

Even though you could feel extremely tipsy quite quickly the pleasant buzz that comes from drinking Champagne is a treat so enjoy knowing that you can never really have too much Champagne.

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The Champagne Room

Based on an early piece of Hitchcock’s movie mastery, our Champagne room sleeps 6 guests and has a decadent décor of gleaming gold, perfectly replicating a glass of the good stuff.

There aren’t any other places to stay in Liverpool as glamorous and chic as the Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel and finding your way to some of the best Liverpool nightlife is easy, literally one step outside the door.

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Bustling bars such as Alma de Cuba, Peacocks, Aloha and Blind Tiger will certainly be able to help you continue your Champagne themed evening. So get yourselves glammed up and get ready to dazzle as you celebrate your special occasion with us at Arthouse Hotel.

Book using any of our amazing accommodation offers here, and arrange for chilled bottles of bubbly to welcome you into our Champagne room.

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Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your stay.

50 Fun, Weird and Frightening Film Facts About the Wizard Of Oz

At Arthouse Hotel, our fabulous film themed rooms bring the magic of the movies from big screen to your luxury suite to enjoy during your one of a kind hotel experience in Liverpool.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most marvellously magical movies of all time and it comes as no surprise that there is plenty of fun, weird and fairly frightening facts about the making of such a fantastic movie.

Here we look into some of the movies most bizarre facts that will help you see the most magical musical movie in a whole new light.

When Special Effects Win and Fail

#1 The superb scientific special effect liquid used for the Tin Man’s oil was, in fact, chocolate syrup!

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No wonder he looks so happy after being oiled. Yummy.

#2 Actress Billie Burke who played Glinda The Good Witch was 18 years older than the actress who played her foe The Wicked Witch

 

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The Good Witch got her some very good genes.

#3 More superb special effects here as the terrifying tornado sweeps towards Dorothy’s home.

Not the extreme act of nature you think you see but actually an old stocking being whipped around in a pile of dirt and dust!

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In fact, if you look close enough you can see the hand twirling the stocking.

#5 Following the yellow brick road proved quite difficult as it appeared green after the technicolour effect was applied and therefore had to be repainted

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‘Follow the slightly Greenish-Yellowy Brick Road’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?

#6 The Poppy field through which the cast skip merrily through was made by hand by 22 people who handcrafted 40,000 individual Poppies.

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It’s all in the details.

#7 The brightly coloured horses in the Emerald city where dyed using Jello or gelatin, even though the movie would be filmed in black and white and the technicolour process later applied.

The technique worked really well except the horses proceeded to lick most of the Jello off themselves in between takes so fresh coats had to be reapplied.

#8 When the Wicked Witch goes to take Dorothy’s slippers the sparks that fly out are actually sprays of apple juice sped up with clever camera trickery

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We don’t know about you but that looks like some seriously potent apple juice.

The Famous Ruby Slippers

#9 The Ruby Slippers were replicated in 1989 for the movies 50th birthday and weren’t cheap either coming in at $3 million

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#10 In the original story, Dorothy’s slippers were silver but, to make better use of the new-fangled colour filming process, the studio turned them ruby red instead.

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#11 So many people come to see the Ruby Slippers at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, that the carpet needs to be regularly replaced due to wear and tear.

#12 Last year in 2017 the slippers were removed from display to undergo, what experts are calling “an in-depth conservation assessment and treatment” or a fancy trip to the cobblers.

#13 Funds to carry out the treatment and to create a new display were raised on Kickstarter and it’s rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio and Steven Spielberg contributed in excess of $3 million between them.

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Now that is one expensive shoe habit.

What is Health and Safety?

#14 Health and safety went flying out the window here as the soft white snow drifting dreamily over the sleepy characters was actually made from notoriously poisonous asbestos.

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No wonder Dorothy looks a little red-eyed in this clip.

#15 Actors also complained about the harsh lighting used during filming, brighter because of the technicolour process, it ended up permanently damaging their eyes.

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Ah! Bright lights, bright lights.

#16 Finding people to play flying monkeys became quite difficult as many of the actors fell several feet due to the supporting wires snapping.

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Perhaps they shouldn’t have been monkeying around.

#17 As well as the excessive bright light the lamps caused the temperature to reach 100 degrees during filming

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This became a small problem for one male actor, and two crew members thanks to his less than breathable costume.

The Cost of Perfection

#18 The Cowardly Lions costume was made of real lion skin, we think PETA might have something to say about that today!

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#19 . . . and it weighed 100 pounds, must’ve been a big bloody Lion.

#20 What’s more, the genuine Lion skin smelled terrible thanks to the extreme heat caused by the technicolour lamps and the heavy weight of it making the Cowardly Lion actor sweat profusely.

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Two people were employed round the clock to dry out the costume after filming wrapped each day.

There’s no business like show business.

#21 Judy Garland was considered too plump to play such a young girl at the time of filming The Wizard of Oz and was cinched into a super tight corset during filming.

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After all, pain is beauty, apparently.

#22 A ridiculous sum of money was spent on filming Wizard of Oz, a total of $2.7 million (approximately $45.6 million today)

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MGM made it rain all day for the Wizard of Oz which was initially a huge box office flop.

It Wasn’t Easy Being Green

#23 The Wicked Witch used to teach America’s equivalent to Reception before becoming an actress.

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. . . imagine that being the first face you saw when starting school.

#24 At one point the Wicked Witch, when vanishing in a cloud of smoke was severely burned as her bright green make-up was flammable.

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She refused to complete any more scenes in the film that involved fire, can you blame her?

#25 The green make-up used to colour the wicked witch was copper-based and poisonous so the poor women playing her couldn’t eat when in costume, she survived on a liquid diet.

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That’s dedication to a role.

#26 The Wicked Witch was so scary that she even had scenes that were deemed too frightening for children and were therefore cut out of the movie.

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This poor woman really did put up with a lot for a film role, surely teaching wasn’t that bad?

There’s No Business Like Show Business

#27 The Scarecrows Face was made up of early prosthetics that left grooves in the actor’s face.

They supposedly took a year to completely disappear.

#28 Famous Actor of the time Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen was cast as the Tin Man but had a severe allergic reaction to the silver body paint.

#29 The same silver make-up reportedly gave the Tin Man actor a serious eye infection.

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#30 Nothing is thrown away at MGM and the proof is in the pudding as the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball made its first appearance in The Mask of Fu Manchu. A 1932 movie about the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb.

#31 Even the Good Witch Glinda’s shimmering ballgown was reused from the movie San Francisco.

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MGM were thrifty when they wanted to be.

The Real Star Of The Movie

#32 Judy wanted to keep Terry, the dog who played Toto, but Terry’s owner refused and quite rightly too, get your own dog, Judy!

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#34 The poor little puppy even sustained injury when a crew member trod on her foot breaking it.

#35 Terry, the dog was also scared of the steam that came out of the Tin Man’s hat.

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#36 and she earned more than The Munchkins, but they most likely didn’t care as its rumoured many of them took the job to escape a Nazi-occupied Europe.

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More About The Munchkins

#37 In fact, The Munchkins got a bit of a bum deal and instead of being recognised individually they are represented as one entity with one Walk of Fame Star between all 124 of them.

#38 Judy Garland even named her Oscar Juvenile Award the Munchkin award! The cheek.

#39 One of the Munchkins was a licensed pilot who served during WWII.

#40 The Munchkins were actually rumoured to be quite unruly on and offset, often throwing wild parties and drinking heavily whilst filming their scenes.

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Well, they didn’t get a lot else from the world famous movie so why not?

A Little About The Author

#41 The author of the Wizard of Oz, L.Baum, used to breed special chickens.

#42 The world of Oz was named so by the incredibly creative author, whose inspiration was . . . wait for it . . . a filing cabinet label O-Z!

#43 It’s all in the details as The Wicked Witches death certificate is dated exactly 20 years after author L.Baums death.


#44 Despite L.Baum being an active supporter of female rights, Judy Garland was only paid a measly $500 a week while her male co-stars raked in $3,000 for the same work.

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Interesting to see the times haven’t changed that much eh?

Behind The Scenes

#45 It is rumoured that when Judy was filming the lion slapping scene she was in fits of giggles unable to finish a decent take.

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Director, Victor Fleming, took her to one side, slapped her and sent her back to try again where she nailed the scene in one take.

#46 The cast can be seen here dancing a popular routine from the 1939 dancehalls of the age. The Jitterbug was originally a number in the movie but was edited from the final cut.

We think those were some snazzy dance moves for the time, don’t you?

What if . . .

#46 If 20th Century Fox had won the rights to film Wizard of Oz Shirley Temple would have starred in the role as Dorothy.

#47 Dorothy’s original costume involved a blonde wig and heavy make-up, but the decision was made to aim for a more natural look.

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#48 The iconic “Over The Rainbow” song was nearly cut from the movie because it ran too long.

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Thankfully it wasn’t . . . now you’re singing it in your head, aren’t you?

#49 MGM stopped Disney from making a Wizard of Oz, imagine what the genius of Disney would have done to Oz if he got his hands on the book rights.

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Oh, what magic there could have been.

#50 Oscar-nominated six times, winning best score and best original song, Wizard of Oz was beaten for best picture by Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly my dear we don’t give a damn.

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The Wizard of Oz is still our favourite musical of all time and one of the most wonderful movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

So, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Fly Over the Rainbow’ to party like a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz room where our superb accommodation offers are designed to help groups of guests enjoy one of a kind party breaks in Liverpool.

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All the luxury themed rooms are perfect for hen parties, stag dos and special celebrations of any kind and thanks to the superb location in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks, Arthouse Hotel is ideally situated for enjoying the best of the cities nightlife.

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The best bars in Liverpool can be found right on your doorstep with our very own Alma de Cuba and Mulholland Bar offering fantastic atmosphere, food, music and drinks all night long.

Call now and start planning a wonderful stay in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and ask more about the magical Wizard of Oz room or any of our other movie themed rooms in Arthouse Hotel.

Themed Hotel Rooms & Unknown Movie Facts: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the inspiration behind one of the musical movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Filmed in 1964 with an all-star cast including Rex Harrison who played Higgins, a phonetics professor with a rather large ego and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl from the bustling city of London.

The story goes that Higgin’s believes in his coaching abilities so much he can tutor the cockney twang out of Eliza and therefore make her a well-spoken upstanding member of society.

The two form an unlikely relationship and eventually fall in love, despite social differences and the interference of aristocratic suitor, Freddie, played by Jeremey Brett.

The movie served as inspiration for one of our musical movie themed hotel rooms and the My Fair Lady room at Arthouse Hotel is simply Loverly.

Check out some of the lesser-known facts behind the creation of My Fair Lady the movie, its origins and some of the famous cast members below.

Award Winning Performances

My Fair Lady was released to critical acclaim winning a grand total of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Diva Behaviour

Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.

Age is Only a Number

Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.

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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.

Star-Studded Recommendations

Hollywood isn’t wasn’t the cutthroat industry that it’s made out to be today. Cary Grant was approached to play Rex Higgins but he turned the role down knowing he wasn’t right for the it.

Instead, he strongly recommended Rex Harrison for the part and said if he wasn’t cast he wouldn’t even go and see the movie.

Another Role Rejection

Dame Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, just 19 at the time and at the beginning of what would become a blossoming film career.

She refused the role in the movie as she was also up for the part of Mary Poppins and didn’t want the two to conflict.

Delaying Walt Disney

Hoping to boost the career of now Dame Julie Andrews, the wonderful man Walt Disney offered to delay filming Mary Poppins until summer 1964 so she could take on the role of Eliza Doolittle as well.

On Set Interference

The dashing neckties that Higgins wore throughout filming were where crew and costume had stashed Rex Harrington’s microphone.

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Occasionally the device would pick up radio conversations from passing police cars reporting crimes or updating criminal pursuits.

A Hidden Talent

Despite being a member of the Eton College choir and being known for his excellent singing voice, directors chose to dub the vocal talents of actor Jeremy Brett who played the besotted Freddie Eynsford-Hill.

His songs were sung instead by a 43-year-old Bill Shirley.

A Very Different Type Of Fair Lady

If we could imagine another in the role of Eliza Doolittle first thoughts do go to Julie Andrews. However, by the time filming came around Andrews was immersed in work with Disney so, if Audrey Hepburn had not accepted the role a third actress was in line.

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Super starlet Elizabeth Taylor is said to have coveted the job although its very hard to imagine Ms Taylor playing a common working class cockney don’t you agree?

Devastating News on Set

The 60s was a decade rife with iconic moments in history, one of which was the shocking assassination of JFK.

Announcing the tragedy to cast and crew fell to Audrey Hepburn after she’d filmed the most famous song number of the My Fair Lady movie “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

Setting The Perfect Scene

Thanks to the large budget given to the movie, set designers were extra creative with their work which eliminated the need to film outside.

Instead, every scene in My Fair Lady was shot on the sound stages of Hollywood studios.

Childish Inspiration

When it came to naming the movie, directors struggled and at first settled on Lady Liza but because of protests from Rex Harrison, the title was changed.

The inspiration for the new title was the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.”

An Arresting Beauty

Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful women to ever have graced our screens.

It comes as little surprise that when she entered the set in full costume for the ballroom scene, the room fell silent then cast and crew began to applaud, cheer and even shed tears at how stunning she looked.

Blowing The Budget

In the 60s, production companies were spending huge sums of money on making movies.

Only the year before My Fair Lady was made, Cleopatra at 20TH Century Fox had racked up a bill of $35 million, roughly translated to around £350 million today.

My Fair Lady came in at just $17 million, and despite being half the cost of Cleopatra, it was still the most expensive movie made by Warner Bros at the time.

Precious Creations

Again thanks to the huge sums of money at their disposal directors hired the exceptionally skilled Cecil Beaton to design the 1500 elaborate costumes for the cast.

His work including the stunning beaded ballgown and monochrome lace Ascot dress for Eliza Doolittle’s character all of which earned him the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Beaton’s work was so exquisite, and expensive, that the studio hired amusement park trams to transport the clothed cast to and from set to avoid damages and dirt.

Costs Vs Profits

Despite costing Warner Bros under half of what Cleopatra cost Fox, My Fair Lady has grossed $20 million more in profits overall.

In fact, My Fair Lady even made it into the top 100 highest ranking films of all time.

Bad Habits

We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.

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Hepburn smoked around three packs of cigarettes a day, much to the displeasure of Rex Harrison who had recently given up before filming started.

Wouldn’t It Be Larvly . . . Loverly . . . Laverly?

A cockney accent isn’t the easiest to replicate, especially not for California born soprano, Marni Nixon.

She had to continuously practice the cockney singing accent when she provided the vocals for Eliza Doolittle.

A feat that earned her the title “Ghostess with the Mostest” as audiences would never see the face behind the amazing talent.

A Mouth Full of Marbles . . . or were they?

Health and safety was still a thing in the 60s so instead of popping a potential choking hazard into the mouth of Audrey Hepburn during Higgins’ eloquencey lessons, grapes were used in place of marbles.

Founded in Greek Mythology

My Fair Lady was based on a play about a mythological ancient Greek sculptor named Pygmalion who created what he considered to be the ideal women out of stone.

The story goes that once the statue was created Pygmalion fell in love with it and on the day of Aphrodite’s festival he wished for a wife to be a living likeness of the woman he’d carved. When he kissed the statue’s lips the woman came to life and married Pygmalion.

My Fair Lady’s Higgin’s is the present day equivalent of Pygmalion, fashioning his ideal women out of Eliza.

A Musical Without Singers

Today musicals are usually filled with the biggest and brightest stars in musical movie making. If you can’t sing you aren’t cast or in the case of Russell Crow in Les Miserable, you sing anyway and get mocked for it.
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In the early day’s famous faces were favoured over fantastic voices and therefore musical movies were heavily dubbed. The entire cast, with the exception of Stanley Holloway who played Eliza’s father Alfred had their singing voices dubbed, why wasn’t Russell Crowe dubbed we here you ask? The answer, we just don’t know!

The Dead Penguin Play Mascot

Before My Fair Lady was a film it was a stage play with Rex Harrison still in the role of Higgins.

Apparently, Rex admired the work of the Pygmalion writer Shaw so much that he often referred to a Penguin edition of the play’s script. Whenever things didn’t seem right with the dialogue Rex would bark to stagehands;

“Where’s my Penguin”

After a while, this became a regular command and the crew and directors decided it was time to put a stop to it.

So, one day when Rex gave his usual command a stuffed Penguin was rolled out onto stage instead of his script. The entire cast and crew roared with laughter including Rex Harrison who never asked for his Penguin again.

And finally . . .

The Rain In Spain Does Not Stay Mainly In The Plain, in fact, it rains mostly in the northern hills and mountains of Spain, the plains in the south see very little rain at all.

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Book Your Stay At Arthouse Hotel

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is a fabulous place to enjoy a short city break and Arthouse Hotel is located in the very heart of the cities most popular nightlife.

Our rooms can sleep a number of guests all in one space and we have some superb hotel offers ideal for groups of people coming to the city.

Call now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay or check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers here.

Sunday Night Hotel Offers For FACT’s The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

What do you have planned for Sunday’s? Laundry, cleaning, visiting the folks for a Sunday roast? At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got just the thing to make those mundane Sunday’s a little more thrilling.

FACT cinema are screening a selection of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie masterpieces and at Arthouse Hotel we have accommodation dedicated to the master of suspense and his best work in film as well as some amazing Sunday night hotel offers.

So, let the laundry pile up, leave the dishes for another day and tell the folks to go the pub for their dinner as you enjoy a thrilling night of suspense, horror and fright with FACT cinema and Arthouse Hotel.

The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

One of the greatest film directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock will go down in history as “The Master of Suspense”.

The man was a perfectionist when it came to making movies and he had but one desire, to

“always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

Due to filming restrictions in Hitchcock’s time, the shock factor of gruesome gore and guts couldn’t be shown, he, therefore, had to create the same horror but without the visual aids.

Hitchcock did this by psychological suggestion, he played with the audience’s mind, building suspense so that the watcher’s imagination did the rest. As the man himself said;

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it”.

And this is what he specialised in, the art on anticipation.

The Line-Up

Every Sunday from 8th July – 12th August FACT will be screening some of Hitchcock’s most popular work including Rear Window, Strangers On A Train and the terrifying Psycho as part of their Vintage Sunday specials.

In total, six of Hitchcock’s finest films will be shown at FACT and what’s more many of them are rated PG, so younger audiences can come along to appreciate a time before CGI and impressive special effects were used.

Check out the ease with which Hitchcock captivates his audiences, and also the dark humour he injects into each and every movie he made.

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Quite the character and ever the showman Hitchcock even appeared in many of the movies he created, see if you can spot his brief cameos whilst watching.

Sunday Night Hotel Offers

We have the ideal Sunday night hotel offers that go hand in hand with a night at the movies watching the best of Hitchcock’s thrillers in FACT and better still our stunning hotel is right around the corner from the cinema.

Couples Movie Nights

Why not make a movie date night and pair a screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with a stay in the Vertigo room at Arthouse Hotel?

Check out the pioneering camera techniques that really give the viewer the feeling of Scottie’s vertigo.

Try to follow the intricate plot with its dramatic twists and unexpected conclusions then after the movie is finished spend the night in the dizzyingly dazzling Vertigo room.

This spacious suite comes complete with an elegant ensuite bathroom, comfortable double beds and an ideal city centre location to further explore Liverpool’s most vibrant nightlife locations.

Ensuite bathroom Arthouse hotel stag party in Liverpool

This amazing offer is just £169 per couple and is only one of the other fabulous Sunday night offers we have available at Arthouse Hotel.

Movie Night Get Together

Or instead of date night why not take a group of mates along to watch Hitchcock’s most referenced thriller movie; Psycho.

This is undoubtedly the feather in Hitchcock’s movie-making career cap as viewers watch the journey of Marion, a thief on the path to a new future with stolen cash.

Psycho was released with disclaimers in movie theatres across the world, which read;

“We won’t allow you to cheat yourself. You must see PSYCHO from the very beginning. Therefore, do not expect to be admitted into the theatre after the start of each performance of the picture. We say no one — and we mean no one — not even the manager’s brother, the President of the United States, or the Queen of England (God bless her)!”

Hitchcock believed it was key for viewers to immerse themselves in the scenes he had so painstakingly created. To make the most of their fear and intrigue he insured, from the start that his audiences were fully engaged, only then did he believe true fear could be achieved.

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You’ll need your friends to reassure you no harm will come after being terrified by Hitchcock’s Psycho and the more the merrier as our super Sunday night hotel offers welcome groups of guests to stay the night at Arthouse Hotel.

For example, our All The Single Ladies midweek stay offer is perfect for four friends to enjoy a movie night stay in the Psycho room at Arthouse Hotel, ideal for a fabulous movie night with friends just £59 per person.

Call today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signtureliving.co.uk to check out what other Sunday night hotel offers we have and book to enjoy The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock in style at FACT this summer.