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

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

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

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

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol

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

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

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

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

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

Why Warhol Started Filming

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

Warhol and his superstars at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

Warhol's Chelsea Girls press

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

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

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

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

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

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

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

The Chelsea Girls Room

Chelsea Girls Room - movie banned at Cannes Film Festival

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

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

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

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

Discovering Hidden Talent at Arthouse Hotel: Open Auditions for Singing Waiters

We are inviting the talented people of Liverpool to join a team of performers who will form the superb singing waiters service at events taking place in Liverpool. Our open auditions are taking place on the 13th May at Arthouse Hotel and we want everyone who believes they have what it takes to sing their hearts out for a chance to be paid for performing.

This American style bar and diner is in one of the busiest areas in town so, if you fit the bill, your talents could be seen and heard by hundreds of people every night you perform.

The Audition Process

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Simply apply online, adding in any relevant experience you have and telling us as much about yourself as possible then arrive on the day and give it your all.

Your performance will be solo and auditions will take place individually in front of a panel of judges who would like to hear a selection of two or three songs of your choice that you are comfortable singing. If you need a backing track, bring it and it will have to be on a USB or AUX compatible device.

Once you’ve impressed the panel then it’s time to get to know you a better. Our judges will ask a little about your ambitions for the future as well as discuss any professional training you might have and what you can expect to gain whilst working as a singing waiter.

If you have any additional talent such as fire breathing, juggling, acting or acrobatics, let us know and show us what you can do as there isn’t much that won’t impress us.

Signature Living Events

Open auditions for singing waiters at Signature Living

As regular contributors to the entertainment industry in Liverpool, Signature Living host and organise fun and exciting events that take place throughout the year.

Everything from sophisticated afternoon tea services at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic to our famous themed afternoon teas in The Shankly and Alma de Cuba.

We even hosted a festival in this year, Big Luv Weekender, in our rooftop events venue the Garden of Eden and at Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel we’ve welcomed the Million Dollar Men and regular live music events onto our calendar.

As part of the signing waiter service, you could be expected to work 2-3 times a week depending on what events are taking place and once a team is established, special singing and performing waiter events will become regularly scheduled.

Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar

Open auditions for singing waiters - Mulholland bar

Located in the centre of Seel Street at the heart of the Ropewalks district, Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar can be found.

Not only do we provide entertainment for Arthouse Hotel guests but Mulholland Bar also attracts a lively crowd of revellers with its quirky Americana theme. Lists of cocktails are whipped up by gifted bar staff named after vintage movie stars, pizzas and movie-themed snacks are served when people get peckish and the bar stays open until late, giving people a place to dance the night away.

Our guest crowd includes hen and stag parties, groups of guests celebrating special occasions like birthdays as well as residents of Liverpool who stay in our movie-themed group rooms rather than getting taxi’s home.

Girls night out in Mulholland bar - open auditions singing waiters

If you are successful in at our open auditions we will notify within two weeks and, once hired, you will become an important piece of the events and entertainment team with Signature Living as a Signature Star.

The role as a singing waiter will give you the chance to hone your singing skills and practice performing for an audience, you’ll meet some fabulous people who could become great friends and best of all, you’ll have fun in your work.

So step out from behind that desk and come to our open auditions on the 13th of May to see if you have what it takes to become a singing waiter and a Signature Star.

Apply here or email careers@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Marvelous Midweek Liverpool Hotel Offers at Arthouse

At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got something special to celebrate, and we’ve got some superb overnight Liverpool hotel offers to help you join us.

This week, 60 years ago, Alfred Hitchcock released one of his most famous movies, Vertigo and for many reasons, this was the movie that made the man. Its complex plot line and amazing camera techniques were leaps and bound s ahead of anything that had ever been seen before and even today watching the movie can leave your head spinning.

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Our Vertigo room is just one of the amazing Hitchcock themed suites available to stay in midweek at Arthouse Hotel and here are our special Liverpool hotel offers for you to enjoy during your visit.

Dream and Dine for £99

Marilyn Monroe Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

At the heart of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, you will find Arthouse Hotel. Surrounded by the cities most exciting and dynamic bars and clubs, Arthouse Hotel lets guests fully immerse themselves in the best part of the city.

Whether you are in town for a romantic meal, a girls or boys night out or a special celebration with your best mate, during a stay at Arthouse Hotel the party is all around you.

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in any of the impressive movie-themed hotel rooms and a tasty two-course meal in Alma de Cuba, before heading out onto Seel Street for an unforgettable evening.

This amazing midweek offer is perfect for spoiling yourselves and enjoying a night out on the town without all the crazy weekend crowds.

Beds and Bubbles

Notorious Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Celebrate with us in style midweek and throw yourself a party complete with bubbles and comfy beds all for just £15 per person.

This one-off city centre accommodation offer invites four or more guests to come together for a one of a kind stay in any of our movie-themed hotel rooms and get the party started with a bottle of bubbly on us.

That’s just £70 for four people for an amazing night in Liverpool right at the heart of all the action.

You could take a stroll down Bold Street and enjoy a tasty meal together in any of the popular world food restaurants or wait until the evening truly begins and Samba you way over to Alma de Cuba for a taste of Latin America.

Experience the best bits of Liverpool’s famous nightlife midweek at Arthouse Hotel by using any of these fabulous midweek Liverpool hotel offers.

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No need to wait for the weekend ladies!

At Arthouse Hotel we celebrate all week long and by booking our Ultimate Girls Midweek Liverpool hotel offers you can too.

We’ve got the whole package just ready and waiting to be booked including luxurious overnight accommodation in any of our stunning movie-themed hotel rooms, a two-course meal at Alma de Cuba then you and a chance to get creative with a priavte cocktail masterclass.

Once you’ve finished your yummy handmade cocktails it’s time to paint the town red and then off to bed followed by a delicious breakfast the next day.

Give yourselves a great excuse for a night out together and book the Ultimate Girls Midweek stay for just £99 per person.

Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Stay in the city’s most popular district and get a taste of what makes Liverpool the number one nightlife destination in the UK from the comfort of Arthouse Hotel. 

All our midweek Liverpool hotel offers are subject to availability and prices are based on full occupancy unless stated otherwise.

Hurry and book your stay today by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

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!

Grease film facts

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.

Grease film facts

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.

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

Liverpool Dating Made Easy for Movie Lovers at Arthouse Hotel

Looking for the perfect date night in Liverpool? Well here’s Liverpool dating for movie lovers made easy at Arthouse Hotel.

We’ve got the perfect location in the city to enjoy some of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife. From the trendy hip bars on Seel Street to the relaxed restaurants of Bold Street, Arthouse Hotel is the ideal place to spend date night in the city and here’s why.

Amazing Accommodation Offers at Arthouse Hotel

Let’s start with the superb offers we have for couples wanting to spend some quality time in the city together.

If date night falls midweek book our Dream and Dine stay and enjoy an overnight stay in one of our luxurious movie themed hotel rooms.

Each floor in Arthouse Hotel has a unique theme and our guests can chose from popular musical movies, Hitchcock thrillers or artistic Warhol masterpieces to form the backdrop to their night of romance.

Our Dream and Dine offer includes a deliciously romantic two course meal as well all for just £99 per couple, you and your special someone can spend a night together in the heart of the city.

Why not push the boat out this date night in Liverpool and book the Date Night special offer at Arthouse Hotel.

This amazing deal is perfect for super special occasions where its important to show your special someone just how much they mean to you.

For just £169 per couple the Date Night offer includes an overnight stay in impressive city centre accommodation, a tasty two course meal and an arrival surprise, our popular love suite love package.

Our staff will scatter rose petals across the room, place two scrumptious cupcakes on the bed and chill a bottle of Prosecco so you can toast your love in style.

Liverpool dating just got a whole lot easier and more affordable with Arthouse Hotel’s amazing offers.

Romantic Places to Eat and Drink in Liverpool

There’s something about the twinkling lights of the big city that screams romance and this couldn’t be truer in and around Arthouse Hotel.

Go for a romantic tipple inside Alma de Cuba and let the Latin theme inspire a fiery passionate night on the town.

Or perhaps enjoy some drinks alfresco in the nearby Kazimer Garden or Moloko where quaint and quirky outdoor courtyards are lit by hundreds of fairy lights perfect for enjoying the warmer spring evenings or bundling up under a blanket together when it gets chilly.

If you’d like to explore the culinary wonders of Liverpool there’s no better place to start than at Arthouse Hotel where our own in house kitchen serve delicious movie themed snacks such as yummy nachos and gourmet pizza.

Around the corner on Bold Street are some of the city’s newest and most popular eateries. Here visitors can enjoy Ibizan inspired experiences at La Finca Evissa, a tapas bar with a Spanish flare or if your taste take you to more exotic destinations a meal in Kasbah or Bakchich is sure to tickle your taste buds.

All these venues have mastered food from around the world and brought delicious dishes to Liverpool for everyone to try.

The best and easiest way to someone’s heart is often through their belly and a romantic meal in Liverpool will certainly make for a wonderful date night.

Have a Movie Night to Remember

If your date is a movie buff then you’ve brought them to the right place. Arthouse Hotel has been built to celebrate some of the best cinematic and artistic masterpieces of our time.

Whether your date is a fan of Mary Poppin’s or Marilyn Monroe, there’s a room at Arthouse for you.

Better still Arthouse is within easy walking distance of FACT cinema, Liverpool’s leading example of exhibiting art, new media and films both new and old.

FACT will show the latest blockbuster releases alongside silver screen movies and unique art installations. You could be watching a classic like Gone with the Wind on one screen whilst the latest gory scare-fest plays on another.

There’s all the trimmings of your average cinema with the added chance of seeing something extraordinary.

Liverpool dating couldn’t be easier than when you choose to spend your date night at Arthouse Hotel.

Call and arrange the perfect date night in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

The Alma de Cuba Breakfast Menu is Perfect for Arthouse Hotel Guests

Arthouse Hotel is right in the centre of Liverpool’s hottest district and close to the famous Ropewalks. If you’re staying with us this weekend, or any weekend soon, we serve breakfast all morning for those who have the privilege of staying in one of our movie-themed rooms. If you fancy something a little different one morning, then just a stone’s throw away is one of the best restaurants in Liverpool, and they’re now serving breakfast! The Alma de Cuba Breakfast menu is the perfect option for Arthouse Hotel guests who want a little something different for their stay in Liverpool.

Served from 8 am to 11 am every morning of the week, Alma de Cuba is one of the best places to go to enjoy breakfast while soaking up an atmosphere like no other.

Alma de Cuba Breakfast Menu

Alma de Cuba breakfast menu

Being a Cuban and Latin America inspired restaurant, breakfast was never going to be your run of the mill sausage and eggs in the former church. The Alma de Cuba breakfast menu pulls inspiration from around the world to bring you the very best – and tastiest – dishes to get you well and truly set up for the day ahead.

The highlight of the Alma de Cuba breakfast menu is definitely the signature Alma Eggs. Poached eggs and avocado with Cuban spiced hollandaise is an absolute winner, the taste alone is enough to transport you to South America.

Or try the Breakfast Burger, it’s breakfast and a burger, but not as you know it. Pork pate and crisp smoked bacon is beautifully paired with sliced Monterey Jack and fried egg to create a smorgasbord of tastes that astounds and delights.

Alma de Cuba breakfast menu

If you want to stay traditional, there’s the Alma de Cuba Big Breakfast, with all the components of a traditional breakfast with a fine-dining twist. Confit tomato and toasted cornbread is the piece du résistance of this full English Breakfast. If your taste takes you further north than Cuba, the American Breakfast is something you need to indulge in. American style pancakes with bacon and blueberries, smothered in maple syrup and cooked to perfection.

Come and see us any morning between 8 am and 11 am to browse the full list of tantalising food from the Alma de Cuba breakfast menu.

Breakfast with an Atmosphere

Alma de Cuba breakfast menu

Alma de Cuba has been hailed as one of the most intriguing places to eat and party in Liverpool and breakfast is no exception!

The day might just be dawning but the fun never stops in the converted church on Seel Street. With a church-cum-carnival vibe throughout the building and enough candles to light even the darkest of souls, there’s no feeling quite like dining in Alma de Cuba.

Our staff are ready and raring from the word go, early mornings don’t register on our radar and our friendly and attentive wait staff are always ready to make your experience of the Alma de Cuba breakfast menu one you’ll never forget.

Minutes Away from Arthouse Hotel

Alma de Cuba is just a few minutes walk from Arthouse Hotel, making it the perfect venue for Arthouse guests looking to mix up their breakfast routine. Simply walk a few steps down Seel Street to enter into Cuban & Latin American breakfast dream at Alma de Cuba.

Our receptionists and reservation team are more than happy to help you book a table at one of the most coveted eating establishments in Liverpool.

Dine on the best breakfast in Liverpool, with the most amazing staff in the most beautiful venue. Call us now on 0151 305 3744 to book your place to enjoy the Alma de Cuba breakfast menu while you stay at Arthouse Hotel.

A Brilliant Boys Night Out in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel

When it comes to planning the best boys night out in Liverpool look no further than Arthouse Hotel.

At the heart of all the most exciting nightlife and with some of the best restaurants in Liverpool right on your doorstep, Arthouse Hotel is the number one choice for an amazing get together with the lads.

The Rooms

Every room at Arthouse Hotel has a unique movie-themed décor along with bags of space and excellent facilities such as ensuite bathrooms and handy kitchenettes and fridges to store all your booze.

Choose to spend the night on the Hitchcock floor in the Spellbound suite which sleeps up to six and is inspired by Hitchcock’s asylum thriller movie.

Chelsea Girls room - group accommodation for boys night out in Liverpool

Or why not get a little artsy on the Warhol floor where you can stay in our racy Chelsea Girls suite with its eye-popping wall mural and gleaming gold décor?

There’s access to huge wall mounted TV’s in every Arthouse Hotel room and what’s more, Arthouse Hotel is located in the centre of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district; The Ropewalks.

Accommodation for a boys night out in Liverpool doesn’t get any better than at Arthouse Hotel.

The Nightlife

The most popular nightlife venues in Liverpool surround Arthouse Hotel on all sides.

So, for those of you looking for a top boys night out in Liverpool you needn’t walk more than two minutes before you find your ideal nightclub or bar.

Coyote Ugly has recently opened its doors to the public, and for those who “haven’t seen” the hit movie yet, we can guarantee a handful of talented ladies will entertain an eager audience with some on the bar dancing and behind the bar beer slinging.

Coyote Ugly bar - boys night out in Liverpool

Other top choices include Heebie Jeebies for laid-back vibes and chart-topping tunes, Salt Dog Slims for larger than life steins or Whiskey Business for a special kind of tipple from their impressive stocks of rare whiskeys.

 

Our very own Alma de Cuba is perfect for a boys night out in Liverpool you’ll never forget.

Why not book a VIP booth complete with drinks package and catch a glimpse of our hotter than hot Voodoo dancers?

Voodoo at Alma de Cuba - boys night out in Liverpool

All this and more is just a few moments away from Arthouse Hotel meaning your boys night out in Liverpool is guaranteed to be unforgettable . . .

. . . even if you’ve had a few too many steins in Salt Dogs.

The Restaurants

Not just the perfect place to grab a bevvy, The Ropewalks and Bold Street, in particular, is the number one spot to rustle up some of the tastiest grub in town.

On Bold Street alone there’s a worldly variety of street style inspired food from towering burgers at Nolita Catalina to Red Dog Saloons BBQ inspired gastronomy.

 

Slims Pork Chop Express on Seel Street has a varied menu of meaty loveliness and of course, our own on-site bar and restaurant, Mulholland, whips up the best pizzas for miles around.

No matter what you’ve got a hankering for, any of these nearby restaurants will get your boys night out in Liverpool off to a tremendous start.

Time for a boys night out in Liverpool

What are you waiting for guys?

Get all the lads together for an amazing boys night out in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel.

Boys night out in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel

We’ve got some amazing packages for the Ultimate Boys Weekend, one nighter offers like the Last Night of Freedom and Get Me to the Church on Time for the night before the big day partying.

Pick any one of these amazing all-inclusive offers or call and speak with the team on 0151 601 8801 to book your stay today.

The Ultimate Movie Lovers Valentines Date at Arthouse Hotel

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

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

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

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

Lips

Lips - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

Warhol himself stated;

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

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

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

Grease

Grease - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

Kiss

Kiss - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

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

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

The perfect place for a virtuous Valentines date in Liverpool.

Phantom of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera- accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

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

Suspicion

Suspicion - accommodation for a Valentines date

Love was never simple with Hitchcock.

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

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

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

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

Valentines date at Arthouse Hotel

Lips room - accommodation for a Valentines date

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

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

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

Celebrate Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday at Arthouse Hotel

In 1968, The Beatles changed the face of modern cinema with their psychedelic animated feature film. This year, it’s time for Yellow Submarine’s 50th birthday, and Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate the golden anniversary of one of the most iconic films of all time.

Standing the Test of Time

Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday

Yellow Submarine was released at the height of Beatlemania. Following the release of the critically acclaimed, award-winning album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the band made their third appearance on the silver screen with United Artists.

The film takes the audience on an adventure through various intriguing landscapes with plenty of fan favourite songs to add an extra element to the creative and ground-breaking film. Eleanor Rigby, Nowhere Man and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds all make an appearance in the much-loved movie.

The film was a box-office hit and drew massive crowds thanks to the creativity and uniqueness of the animated, soon-to-be classic.

To this day, Yellow Submarine is regarded as one of the most influential and genre-defining films, fusing fun with art for an unforgettable viewing experience. The film was one of the first animations to prove that cartoons aren’t just for kids and can be a great expression of originality and art, with clever wordplay and ‘dimensional illusions’ providing a thought-provoking encounter.

50 Years of Animated Magic

Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday

This decade has been a treasure trove of Beatles anniversaries and the Yellow Submarine is just one of the half-century milestones for the Fab Four.

To celebrate Yellow Submarine’s 50th birthday, a special edition comic book version of the film will be released to help celebrate the important milestone.

With Yellow Submarine effigies across the city of Liverpool, the impact of the cult film is clear to see in The Beatles’ hometown. From the submarine in the docks to the psychedelic Lambana, Liverpool knows how to pay tribute to the incredible film.

Stay in a Themed Room for Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday

Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday

Our immensely popular Yellow Submarine room is the only place for a true Beatles fan to honour a half-century of the trippy but entrancing motion picture.

The Yellow Submarine room has been designed with psychedelic pop culture in mind. Featuring artwork from the film and an underwater feel, it’s like taking a step into Pepperland.

The stunning room sleeps up to four people in luxury beds and decadent furnishings, it’s the best way to take a relaxing journey through Pepperland’s terrains.

After checking in to your Yellow Submarine themed hotel room, discover all Liverpool has to offer for Beatles fans. Head to Penny Lane to see the street that inspired the anthem or set yourself a challenge to find all the Beatles statues in the city.

Don’t forget to have a drink in The Cavern before heading to Arthouse Hotel’s Mulholland Bar. With creative cocktails and an incredible atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to go to toast Yellow Submarine’s 50th Birthday.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay in the city that birthed the greatest musical legends of all time.

What’s On This January at Arthouse Hotel

It’s the dawn of a new year and a new opportunity to start the year off right. Leave behind the stress of Christmas and bounce into 2018 in style at Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar.There’s always plenty going on in Liverpool’s best movie-themed hotel and 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever. Take a look at what’s on this January at Seel Street’s best venue.

Live Music Every Thursday

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Mulholland Bar was launched last year with a fresh new vibe and stunning décor, pulling in inspiration from the home of the movies: Hollywood.

With fantastic food as a given, there’s only one piece left of the puzzle to make it a perfect venue – live music.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Every Thursday from 9 pm, some of Liverpool’s most talented up and coming musicians will take to the stage to wow all who step foot through the door.

Pair this with plenty of drinks deals, signature cocktails and devilish spirits and your Thursday nights in January are set to be a winner.

Movie Star Magic in Partnership with Alma de Cuba

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As part of our exclusive January offers, you can now enjoy a specially created package that includes an overnight stay in the unique Arthouse Hotel as well as a delicious meal at the highly-coveted Alma de Cuba.

Stay the night in one of Arthouse Hotel’s movie-themed rooms, choose from a memorable musical, spooky horror or time-tested classic and enjoy luxury surroundings with an edgy twist. You can even expect a bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival!

After checking in and being stunned by your suite, get your glad rags on and head to Alma de Cuba, which is just minutes walk away from the hotel. Indulge in a Caribbean inspired menu within the walls of the former church and marvel and the stained glass windows and breath-taking altar.

Treat Yourself to a Suite Like No Other

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As well as incredible movie-themed rooms, Arthouse Hotel is also home to the most stunning suite in the whole of Liverpool.

The Skyline Suites are situated on a high floor, giving the perfect opportunity for incredible views across Liverpool from the private balcony.

In addition to the most luxurious balcony in Ropewalks, the suites have been kitted out in decadent décor that is sure to make you swoon. The dazzling party rooms are the most perfect place for making sure your new year is started the right way.

Enjoy What’s On This January at Arthouse Hotel

January may have a reputation for being a miserable month, but it doesn’t have to be!

There’s so much to be grateful for and take advantage of in the new year, don’t let the January blues get you down. Indulge in a cheeky night out and let loose to really banish the post-Christmas slump.

Call our friendly and helpful team on 0151 541 9999 to organise a fun-filled night out, overnight stay or both!