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.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

Our incredible Singing Waiters

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

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

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.

Kids' Parties at Mulholland

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.

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.

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

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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 . . .

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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.

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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.

13 Things To Avoid if You Are A Female in a Horror Movie

If you are a female in a horror movie chances are you are going to die, that is unless you follow our helpful list of things to avoid.

You may think that life is not worth living once you’ve checked off all our recommendations but at least you’ll have a life to live.

Here are the top 13 things to avoid if you are female and in a horror movie.

Mini Skirts

That’s right ladies as soon as you get those pins out its bye bye.

Those who dare to bare always get picked off first, see Sydney’s best friend Tatum in Scream.

Note her stylish little mini skirt and compare it to Sidney’s casual jeans and t-shirt look.

The legs came out and Tatum bit the dust in a grisly garage door related incident.

Running/Falling

For some reason, if you are a female in a horror movie you instantly forget how to run the moment your life depends on it.

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Your legs don’t work any more and you will always pick the most treacherous escape route into dark foreboding woods.

Our top tip for survival walk, don’t run, there’s less chance of falling and killers always have a slow scary walk anyway.

Baby Sitting

Kids are a nightmare at the best of times but, guaranteed, if you are a female in a horror movie you should avoid babysitting like the plague.

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As soon as you put those tots to bed and put on a spooky movie, a masked madman will appear at the window ready to attack.

No matter what it pays just say no to babysitting.

Cooking

It’s always the way in a scary movie.

The moment you pop something in the oven or start making popcorn to watch a movie the psycho killer will call, knock on the door or chase you through the house wielding their weapon of choice.

The best advice we could give is order a takeaway.

Open Water

Is there anything more frightening for a female in a horror movie than an open stretch of water?

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Who knows What Lies Beneath the murky deep, could be a giant killer crocodile or the body of someone long presumed dead come back to life.

Either way, don’t be tempted into a lonely boat ride on any open water unless you plan on getting wet and dead.

Boys

Time and time again we see females in horror movies who are shy, single and often virgins survive against all the odds.

As soon as you entertain the notion of a boyfriend he’ll seal your fate.

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Guaranteed he’ll either be the guy who has been bumping off your mates or your dalliance will simply make you a target.

It’s all a lesson to stay innocent and pure for as long as possible, all the girls who just wanna have fun don’t have long in horror movies.

Friends

So far we’ve given you a lot to stay away from, in fact, any female in a horror movie should instantly write off having a social life altogether.

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No one can be trusted and in particular your nearest and dearest friends.

“Everyones a suspect” as Randy so eloquently puts it in Scream and as poor Natalie found out all too late in Urban Legend.

Woods

From the fear of the unknown in Blair Witch to flesh-eating virus’s in Cabin Fever and even murderous inbred yocals in Wrong Turn, the woods can be a terrifying place to be for a female in a horror movie.

So unless you are attending a teddy bears picnic we suggest avoiding all heavily wooded areas for the foreseeable future.

Phones

Just let the machine pick it up!

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We suggest sticking to texting, emailing or even smoke signals, but just don’t pick up the phone.

Rain

Okay so the rain is usually just an excuse to get our leading lady looking wet and sexy, however pouring rain usually makes things scarier too.

Think slippier surfaces, reduced visibility and you might catch a cold.

On the plus side, it does a good job washing all those pesky blood stains from your clothes.

Showers

Another fine excuse to get the leading lady wet and naked, shower scenes are almost mandatory in the best horror movies.

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Of course, if you happen to be a female in a horror movie it’s better to just have a stand-up wash as we all know it won’t end well once the water goes on.

Alcohol and Drugs

Maintaining purity and innocence is key to surviving a horror movie if you are female.

Under absolutely no circumstances are you advised to consume alcohol or any other mind-altering substances.

Once you’ve crossed that line then its the end of the line for you.

Driving

As soon as you get behind the wheel, unless you are fleeing at the end of the movie, you’ve pretty much signed your death warrant.

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You could find a nasty surprise in the back seat, you could breakdown in a spooky poorly lit road, you could even run over a poor unsuspecting person who you think is dead then dispose of the body with four of your friends only to be haunted by the same person a year later.

So, unless you are pretty sure it’s the end of the movie don’t chance driving and catch the bus.

And that concludes our list of things to avoid if you are a female in a horror movie. 

Check out some of the amazing accommodation offers we have for females at Arthouse and book to stay the night in one of our fabulous movie-themed hotel rooms.

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

Fantastic Feature Films to Look Out for This Year

At the heart of the city in Liverpool’s most exciting movie theme hotel we are always on the lookout for new and exciting film releases.

This year cinema screens will be featuring superheroes, fantasies, musicals and action so at Arthouse Hotel we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the year of film ahead.

See which of these latest and up and coming release you think will be blockbusters and which will fall into the classics categories over time.

Fantasy and Musicals

Our very own musical movie theme hotel floor has been designed to reflect the most magical musical movies of all time. The rooms include the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and,  of course, the legend that is Mary Poppins.

This year we can look forward to welcoming some amazing magical and musical movies onto the big screen and here are the top three.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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This smash hit musical is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of all time.

We simply cannot wait to see the younger versions of the much-beloved cast of the first Mamma Mia act out their previous lives.

Revisiting Donna’s youth, meeting a young Tanya and Rosie and seeing Donna and the Dynamos take to the stage is promising to be a smash hit spectacular.

And did we mention Cher will be making a special appearance as well as singing the unforgettable ‘Fernando’.

Forget Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the God Father Part II, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again promises to be an unforgettable movie sequel experience.

Mary Poppins Returns

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And its about time she did, the youth of today need Mary Poppins in their life if only to bring some order to the world.

This time Jane and Michael are all grown up and when Mary visits them and Michaels three children to restore the joy and magic to their lives. During the time of the Great Depression, things are looking bleak for the Banks family and that’s when Mary Poppins arrives to turn things around in the way that only she can.

Poppins is played by our all-time favourite English rose Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke returns to the film in the role of Mr Dawes Jr. There’s also an all-star cast including Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

We wonder if this long-awaited sequel to such a much loved musical will be a ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ success or if we’ll struggle to ‘Stay Awake’.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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We were all devastated when the Harry Potter series was brought to an end, where were we going to get our wizarding movie fix from now!

Enter the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.

When last we watched Newt Scamander had helped capture the notorious wizard Grindelwald and all was well in the muggle and magic worlds. When we return we learn Grindelwald has escaped and is planning to raise an army of pure blood magical folk to rule over the muggle and magical world.

The cast of this latest magical movie includes the return of the talented Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law will play a handsome Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp plays the role of the notorious Grindelwald.

Be prepared for new tricks and treats as we tune in to see what life was like before Harry and Voldemort were at war in this the latest instalment of J.K Rowling captivating’s wizarding world.

Action Heroes and Super Villains

We simply can’t get enough of superheroes and it seems the more the merrier as the people at DC and Marvel continue to bring their printed comic characters to life on the big screen.

Aquaman

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As the story goes poor Aquaman has always been the forgotten, somewhat mocked hero of the Justice League and the reason we have been waiting so long for his solo movie is that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all had to go first.

Jason Momoa will play Arthur Curry who has lived on land his whole life but can also breathe underwater and talk to sea creatures. He is asked to dive below the waves to inherit an underwater kingdom and battle a long list of villains along the way.

Other cast members include Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s love interest.

Now Aquaman has his own flick this is set to be an under the sea movie that will blow all superhero films that came before out of the water.

Venom

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From obscure superhero to the most infamous supervillain ever, Venom could prove to be the darkest Marvel movie made starring one of this generations greatest acting talents as the lead; Tom Hardy.

Fans of the Spidey series and those who are avid Marvel graphic novel readers will be aware of Venom and his origins. But for those who aren’t a brief summary is that Venom is an alien parasitic lifeform that attaches itself to a host giving that person powers and an unhealthy bloodlust and thirst for violence.

It is rumoured that Venom will join the ranks of Logan and Deadpool in the Sony Pictures Universe rather than the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe where Spidey exists. Quite confusing, yet fans of the comics will fully understand the reasons behind the separation, even if the rest of us don’t.

Despite all the politics and confusion, the movie is poised to be one of the scariest Marvel movies to date with the prospect of many sequels being more than likely.

Other Films to Look Forward Too

There are plenty of other great movies coming out in 2018 and we simply don’t have the time to write about them all but these are the ones that simply shouldn’t be missed.

Jurassic World II – the cast of the last epic instalment return to the dinosaur-infested island to try and save some of the species. Of course, plans will fail, safety measures will be lax and some people might get squashed by big feet or eaten.

Tomb Raider – Despite Ms Jolie doing a superb job back at the turn of the century, Tomb Raider has returned to our screens with a new posh and ponytailed beauty played by Alicia Vikander. The plot stays the same, Lara is trying to find her long-lost adventurer father and gets herself into some perilous predicaments.

Breaking In – The tables are turned in this nail-biting thriller as a young mother takes her kids to a secluded cabin for the weekend and ends up having to rescue them when four men break into the house to find hidden money.

Movie Nights at Arthouse Hotel

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Thanks to our awesome location in the heart of Liverpool guests staying at Arthouse Hotel can catch a movie in style.

Simply make your way to Liverpool One’s Odeon for the latest blockbusters or the nearby FACT where things are a little more intimate. Or better yet bring your own movies and stay in one of our spectacular movie theme hotel rooms with friends and enjoy a low key cinema night in.

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.

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?

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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.