How to Throw a Haunted House Party Alfred Hitchcock Style

Book a stay on the Alfred Hitchcock floor at Arthouse Hotel and have a scream this Halloween in Liverpool with all your friends.

Halloween is just around the corner so we’ve taken a look at how the master of macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, chose to celebrate his love of horror and haunting. The bash he threw for the Warner Brother top brass in March 1956 showed that Halloween must have surely been his favourite time of year.

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Our Hitchcock movie-themed hotel rooms are dedicated to the great director and his work, to help our guests celebrate all things spooky in style.

Check out this amazing account of the spookiest party in town during 1956 at Alfred’s own horrifying New York Haunted House Party.

The perfect party location

In true Hitchcock fashion, it was all about location, location, location when it came to planning his grand New York Haunted House Party.

Hitchcock Haunted House Party search

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He sent out his team, Young and Rubicam, to track down a Hitchcock appropriate venue to host his hotly anticipated house party.

  • The stipulation was that the venue should;
  • Be able to cater to a number of VIP guests
  • Have a glamorous yet chilling interior
  • And most importantly have its very own supernatural presence

The task at hand seemed daunting at first when the team first attempts to secure out a genuine haunted house in New York.

The Wine Cellars of Brooklyn Bridge

They came up trumps with Hitchcock’s first two criteria but were stumped time and time again when it came to finding a real live haunted house.

Luckily a tip came in that the wine cellars under the Brooklyn Bridge ticked all the boxes on Hitchcock’s list.

Together Young and Rubicam and an excited Mr Hitchcock took a tour of the cellars and discovered, at last, the ideal space in which to host Hitchcock’s epic Halloween bash.

Brooklyn Bridge Wine Cellars

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The walls were dripping, dank and dark and even the whispers of the team members echoed around the cavernous space creating ghostly whispers.

Sadly a Hitch presented itself.

There was no plumbing throughout the cellars and Hitchcock’s most distinguished guests could not expect to go without washrooms for the entire shindig. Prices for temporary fixtures were assembled totalling $800.

The wine cellars were a no go and the search continued.

The Old Merchants House

The people of New York all began to get involved in the search and tips kept rolling in about supposedly haunted buildings that were ideal for Hitchcock’s house of horrors.

The Old Merchant House was scouted as another possible venue. The perfectly preserved period home was ideally spooky and was rumoured to have ghosts of its very own.

The Old Merchant House

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Those who inherited The Old Merchant House told stories of ghostly happenings. Convinced that nine members of the Treadwell family who lived and died on the property continued to haunt it they opened the home up as a museum.

Hitchcock, upon visiting the house was overjoyed with the preservation of the home and believed it would make a smashing venue for his VIP haunted house party.

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source: landmarkinteriorsAgain, it was not to be as the kin of the Treadwell family could not consider a party being held inside their historical landmark giving Hitchcock and his team a blunt no when the idea was suggested.

The search went on.

Today The Old Merchant House is still perfectly preserved and receives regular visitors with a keen interest in the history of the home and its haunting past.

Last resorts

Taking matters into his own hand Hitchcock reached out to the American Psychic Research Society who responded that New York had become too modern a city to host any sort of supernatural spirit.

Hitchcock then placed an advert in The Times real estate section asking for people to call in with any ideas. Young and Rubicam were bombarded with over 100 telephone calls a day but none of the leads could conjure evidence or even stories of ghostly presences in their proposed properties.

Hitchcock's The Times Real Estate Ad

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There were suggestions of homes in Jackson Heights with real graves in the garden, a place in Englewood for sale with reports of a poltergeist but Hitchcock preferred to stay in the city centre.

On Staten Island, there was an agent trying to rent his property to Hitchcock for $5000 because it had nightly spiritual torments which gave Hitchcock chills but not because of the ghosts.

The Winning Location

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After his short but exhaustive search for the most haunted house in New York Hitchcock and his team settled on the towering townhouse on 7 East 80TH Street.

The abandoned cobweb-laden mansion was sans spirits but Hitchcock’s patience was spent and he settled for a venue that looked haunted but wasn’t.

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This was no problem for the master of suspense and horror as he and his crew set to work stirring up the dusty corners of the extensive property and adding some eerie extra touches here and there.

Hitchcock placed coffin shaped bars around the home, and well placed hidden speakers provided spooky moans and groans of fictional ghoulies throughout the building.

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Using the ancient furnishings to his benefit Hitchcock accentuated the decay of century-old paintings, elaborate antique chandeliers and thick dusty drapes. The perfect mood lighting was installed and Hitchcock’s haunted house party was finally taking shape.

The Monstrous Menu

A stickler for the finer details Hitchcock ensured that if he couldn’t frighten his guests with real ghosts he would try instead with his party menu.

Inside the carefully crafted Tombstone Shaped invitations guests received a copy of this cleverly conceived menu of the macabre;

Carte de Morte

Aperitifs

Morbid Morgue Mussels, Suicide Suzettes avec Crepe, Consommé de Cobra, Vicious-Soisse

Entree

Home-Fried Homicide, Ragout of Reptile, Charcoal-broiled Same-Witch Legs, Corpse Croquettes, Barbecued Banshee au Gratin, Opium Omelette en Brochette, Stuffed Stiffs with Hard Sauce, Gibbeted Giblets, Monster Thermidor, Tormented Tortillas, Ghoulish Goulash, Blind Bats en casserole

Dessert

Fromage d’Abbatoir, Python Pudding, Morphine Meringue Glace, Fresh cut Lady Fingers (in season)

The Liqueurs

 Bloody Marys, Anisette d’Arsenic, Hennessy’s Heroin, Dead Grand-dad, Formaldehyde Frappe

Guests came dressed to impress in all manners of upper-class attire, and photos show that the drinks were flowing as the spookfest played out.

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On top of all the extravagant food, there was also a detailed party cake made to resemble a church and graveyard, complete with inedible cobwebs draped across so that it almost looked a part of the house.

Not to leave things to chance Hitchcock utilised his movie know how to give his guests an extra fright in the night.

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One of his cheeky tricks included a decrepit old man left in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Clever makeup and special effects made this character seem like he could have been left to pass away in the house and forgotten.

This was not the only haunting house party Hitchcock threw during his years as master of suspense. Other notorious party rumours circulate about the director hosting events in LA where guests were handed shovels and asked to exhume several buried skulls bureid around the property garden.

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If we could attend any Halloween party we think Hitchcock’s soirées might have been the most terrifying ones of all time.

Staying with Arthouse Hotel on the Hitchcock floor

We know that any party might pale in comparison to Hitchcock’s fright fests but there are plenty of spooky happenings going on during Halloween in Liverpool 2017.

Hitchcock Arthouse Hotel room

Book to stay in one of our Hitchcock hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel this Halloween and prepare to be dazzled by the décor and enticed by the exquisite ensuite bathrooms.

Arthouse Hotel is right in the middle of all the best Halloween action taking place in Liverpool. Make sure you get yourselves booked into one of our Hitchcock themed suites or our other movie-themed hotel rooms and have yourself a scream this Halloween.

Call 0151 601 8801, email info@sigantureliving.co.uk or check out some of our best accommodation offers here and book direct.

Amazing Autumn Offers from Arthouse Hotel

The weather is getting colder and the leaves are beginning to fall. It can only mean one thing – Autumn is here!

While some may mourn the end of summer, others will revel in the cooler temperature and all the beauty that autumn brings.

At Arthouse Hotel, we don’t think that the dark nights are any reason to rein in the fun! That’s why we’ve crafted some specially tailored packages that are just perfect for ringing in the twilight months of the year.

Take a look at some of the exclusive offers, available for a limited time only!

Play All Night Long

autumn offers

Being based on Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is perfect for having a right old time in the heart of Liverpool’s thriving nightlife.

Our Autumn Stay & Play offer is only £49 per person and gives you and three (or more!) of your friends an incredible experience in the best movie-themed hotel in the city.

You’ll be treated to an overnight stay in one of our unique and luxurious suites, all of which draw inspiration from iconic films from over the years.

Once you’ve made your choice of incredible themed rooms, your arrival will begin with prosecco or beers in your room. We know you’ll want to get the party started straight away, so pour yourself a glass as you explore the whirlpool bath and stylish design.

After an unforgettable night enjoying Liverpool’s incredible choice of restaurants, bars and clubs and after you’ve had the best night’s sleep of your life in a luxury double bed, head to Mulholland Bar on the ground floor of the hotel for a delicious breakfast.

Dine Away at Arthouse and Alma de Cuba

autumn offers

If you want to go for ultimate indulgence as the days go shorter, treat yourself and one lucky friend/partner/family member to our Stay and Dine Autumn Offers.

As well as an overnight stay in a luxury room with jacuzzi bath, you’ll also be able to get an exclusive reservation at Liverpool dining icon, Alma de Cuba.

Located just minutes walk away from Arthouse Hotel, the Caribbean and Latin-inspired restaurant caters to your every need for a deliciously unforgettable two-course meal.

Choose from spicy classics and innovative meals, all while supping from carefully crafted cocktails, whipped up by our talented mixologists.

After a great night at Alma, relax in your luxurious room and head to Mulholland Bar for a tasty breakfast – all included in the price of £129 per couple!

Unforgettable Rooms at Arthouse Hotel

autumn offers

If you haven’t heard about the movie-themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel – where have you been hiding?!

Each room draws inspiration from iconic films from the past century. From musical classics like Sound of Music and Grease to an entire floor dedicated to the works of Alfred Hitchcock, there is a room for every type of film fanatic at Arthouse Hotel.

autumn offers

While underappreciated as a filmmaker, we recognise the great work of Andy Warhol in a series of suites dedicated to his films and work. If you’re an artist at heart, why not stay in our Chelsea Girls suite or venture into pop art territory with Marilyn Monroe.

Browse our full range of rooms here and make sure you get in touch as soon as possible to take full advantage of our limited time only Autumn Offers.

Call us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to secure your package this autumn.

Alternative Places to Watch Movies in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel

Being Liverpool’s latest movie themed hotel, we feel it’s only right to share with our guests some of the best places to watch movies in Liverpool outside of the cinema.

Forget pricey tickets, uniform seating and less than impressive snacks and drinks, we’ve unearthed a chic way to watch your favourite old school movies and we’re sharing them with you.

Baltic Market

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Not just the best place to sample amazing examples of Liverpool’s independent street food and drink offerings, Baltic Market is Liverpool’s newest social space encompassing everything that makes us happy.

This, of course, includes screenings of our favourite cult movie classics.

You’ll have to keep your peepers peeled on social media outlets to catch the latest screening schedules but when it’s on its worth it just for the funky vibes, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

Secret Garden

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The same organisers that brought us cult cinema nights at Baltic Market also put together the occasional outdoor film feast in undisclosed urban gardens across the city.

The latest schedules in Calderstones Park include the iconic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry Met Sally, a film made famous by that one scene . . . you know the one.

Catch both movies out in the open under the stars, with a drink in hand and some live entertainment to set the mood.

Café Tabac

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Situated at the top of Liverpool’s favourite independent district is Café Tabac. A moody dimly lit bar/café that serves delicious coffee tasty food and tantalising cocktails.

Hidden in the back of this trendy little establishment is an intimate cinema room that welcomes a small audience every Monday.

Often Café Tabac will schedule their screenings to coincide with memorable movie anniversaries for classic films like the Labyrinth or simply pick out a random yet popular movie like 1984.

It’s luck of the draw really but worth a visit for an alternative movie experience in Liverpool.

FACT

watch movies in Liverpool Singing in the Rain

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Close enough to Arthouse you could hit it with a stone, but don’t, it’s FACT.

A venue in Liverpool dedicated to art and creative technology is bound to showcase some of the best blockbusting movies but every now and then a true movie marvel will pop up on their schedules such as magical musical movies like Singin’ In The Rain, The Sound of Music or An American in Paris.

These alongside cult movies, documentaries and cinematic art installations make FACT the place to watch movies in Liverpool that are a little out of the ordinary.

Anglican Cathedral

watch movies in Liverpool at Anglican Cathedral

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Lately, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral has turned its hand into hosting some superb social events. The latest is a list of movies that we all know and love being screened inside the cavernous interior of one of Liverpool’s most magnificent landmarks.

Where better to relive the movie mastery of The Goonies or the magical wonderland of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (the original) than Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral with it towering stained glass windows and ancient interior décor.

Arthouse Movie Themed Accommodation

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Get the gang together and watch movies in Liverpool in any of these alternative venues.

Not only will you enjoy watching a classic or cult movie but you and your friends will get to experience some of Liverpool’s most exciting venues from a different perspective.

Arthouse Hotel is located within walking distance of all these spectacular spaces and our unique luxury group accommodation is ideal for movie lovers.

Each unique and luxurious hotel room has its own individual theme inspired by a classic, cult or musical movie.

For bookings and enquiries about our amazing accommodation offers please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk make your night at the movies the whole package with an alternative movie screening topped off with a stay in a marvellous movie themed hotel room at Arthouse Hotel.

Arthouse What’s on in Liverpool: September Events

We love our city, there’s always something going on and at Arthouse we’ve got the goss on the best events taking place in and around our amazing movie themed hotel so our guests don’t miss a thing. You won’t find a better what’s on in Liverpool guide for September as we have picked out the cream of the crop as far as fun nights out are concerned.

Everything from resurrecting Bingo as a popular activity to nights dedicated to the best old bands and songs of our time. Liverpool is enjoying a month long moment of nostalgia in September and we are glad to help you, our guests, be a part of it.

Magic Mike Nights

When: 2nd, 8th, 16th and 29th

Where: Arthouse

Don’t panic ladies, this September in Liverpool Magic Mike nights are on all month.

Our Magic Mike men will be entertaining the masses from throughout September making any hen night in Liverpool unforgettable.

Be prepared for muscle, music and more muscle as we let our Magic Mike guys loose to strut their stuff and strip for your pleasure.

It’s not all about the bods though ladies as you can also enjoy some of your favourite party songs, a few fun games and a glass of welcome fizzy to get the party going.

Better still this will all be happening in the stylish surroundings of Arthouse’s underground bar and club venue, so once the Magic Mike night event ends you and your group are in the best location to experience more of Liverpool’s dynamic nightlife.

September may be the last month of summer but it’ll still be hot, hot, hot at Arthouse on Magic Mike Night.

Scouse Bingo

When: 15th 

Where: Arthouse

No longer something you associate with your nanna’s unspoken gambling problem, Bingo is making a major comeback.

Mainly because now Bingo is now hosted in amazing city centre bars and clubs where Bingo-ers’ are plied with alcohol then invited to dance their socks off at perfectly placed intervals throughout the game.

We are pleased to announce Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria will be hosting Liverpool’s newest Scouse Bingo sessions overseen by the lovely Scouse Bev, who’ll call out your numbers, buy you a bevvy and keep the evening sprinkled with a heavy dose of superb scouse humour.

There’ll be fun prizes, comedy throughout and a post-Bingo disco to top the night off. Call 0151 305 5101 to book tickets to a brilliant Bingo session with our Bev at Arthouse on September 15th.

Extr-ABBA-Ganza

When: 16th

Where: HUS

We’re all about looking back during September in Liverpool, with a whole host of retro celebrations happening in the city.

One such occasion you should definitely not miss is the Extr-ABBA-Ganza at HUS.

Fans of the Swedish born Super Troupers can enjoy strapping on sky high platforms and glitziest jumpsuit to be in with a chance of winning a fancy dress prize,

There will even be retro themed fondue being served, themed cocktails and of course a chance to unleash your inner Dancing Queen to a back catalogue of ABBA’s perfect pop songs.

So Take a Chance at HUS this September in Liverpool for an ABBA night to remember.

The Total Stone Roses

When: 20th

Where: Circo Sessions

They’ve brought us the whole circus and now Circo has begun hosting Circo Sessions, bringing to us some of the best tribute bands on the scene.

For September their offering up The Total Stone Roses. A group of talented musicians who are covering one of the greatest bands from the nineties and doing it well.

Fans of the Stone Roses make your way to see what can only be described as the next best thing as The Total Stone Roses play your favourite tracks including ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘I wanna be adored’.

The Total Stone Roses are set to gig around the UK for the foreseeable future so make sure you catch them in Liverpool before they go big and start their global tour.

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

When: 21st – 22nd 

Where: Various venues

This September in Liverpool, Psychedelia will be taking over the city.

Liverpool’s psych fest has put our fair city at the forefront of musical and artistic exploration since its inception. The Guardian even declared Liverpool as the psychedelic capital of the world.

If you’ve come to Liverpool to experience everything the city is famous for, you can wrap it all up in one wicked weekend at Liverpool Psych Fest.

Starting the weekend early visit FACT for Psychomania, a screening of a cinematic gem from the seventies featuring undead bikers and their frog gods wreaking havoc on the residents of a leafy suburb, Walton-on-Thames.

The rest of the weekend will be hosted in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, in and amongst the warehouse and kooky outdoor artistic spaces.

Expect strobe lights, art installations, amazing live music and plenty of other mind bending experiences at Liverpool Psych Fest this September in Liverpool.

Black Parade – 00’s Emo Anthems

When: 23rd

Where: Arts Club

Carrying on with the theme of nostalgia this month, Arts Club is looking back to the times when everyone was a little bit moody but that was okay.

Black Parade is quite possibly one of the most angsty tunes from the turn of the century and can fill a dance floor of emo kids in seconds.

If you are part of the generation who used a stick of black eyeliner every few days, shied away from the sun and had at least one other colour in your jet black hair then this is the perfect night out in Liverpool for you this September.

Staying at Arthouse in September

Summer Offers Arthouse Hotel

It’s an exciting month ahead with a lot going on so come and make the most of the last bits of the British summer in style.

Using this what’s on in Liverpool guide you and your friends can be sure of an amazing weekend away, especially when staying in our movie themed hotel with fabulous group hotel rooms each with their own movie motif.

Enjoy a night with the girls in our Grease room or a great lads weekend in a horror themed hotel room on our Alfred Hitchcock floor.

We have a selection of fabulous Liverpool accommodation offers for groups to stay at the heart of the action in Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, The Ropewalks.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information. See you soon.

How to spend Bank Holiday Weekend on Seel Street from Arthouse Hotel

There’s always plenty to keep our guests entertained at Arthouse, what with our hotel being located smack, bang in the middle of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district. If you’re staying with us this coming weekend however you are in for a treat as your stay has fallen on International Beatles week and bank holiday weekend.

We thought we’d help you make the most of what is set to be a spectacular music filled weekend with a guide to bank holiday weekend on Seel Street. We’ve included some amazing tribute nights, places to catch live music and something for the ladies too.

Enjoy.

International Beatles Week at Alma de Cuba

When: Friday 25th 12:00 pm

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Bringing the swinging sounds of The Beatles back to Alma de Cuba for Alma de Cuban Heel Beatle Day, organisers have put together a smashing lineup of Beatles tribute bands who will rock your socks off.

There will be covers of the FabFour classics as well as performances of the lad’s individual solo work.

Alma de Cuba will be the place to get your Beatles fix during International Beatles week with performances beginning at 12 pm and carrying on throughout the day.

Magic Mike Night at Arthouse

When: Friday 25th 19:30 pm 

Magic Mike Night - bank holiday on Seel street

One for the ladies our amazing Magic Mike Night lads have prepared a bank holiday performance you do not want to miss.

Our guys are ready and waiting to make your bank holiday weekend memorable with a night of muscley manliness.

The doors will be swinging open and guests will be greeted by some hunky butlers and a glass of fizzy, before being entertained with a sing song and some party starting games.

For the rest of the night enjoy the stuff that many a ladies dreams are made of as two of our Magic Mikes take to the stage and bare all.

We will top off the evening with a good old boogie and music from a live DJ until midnight.

A great night out with everything a girl could ask for at Arthouse this bank holiday weekend on Seel street.

BAYMI (Blink and you’ll miss it) at Zanzibar Club

When: Saturday 26th 19:00 pm

The Zanzibar Club will be bringing those who love a good old mosh or headbang sounds from a pairing of talented rock bands this bank holiday weekend.

Headliners Cuecliché and Bear Trap will give your bank holiday weekend on Seel street an unforgettable soundtrack influenced by the likes of Blink 182 and Green Day.

Make sure you are wearing your dancing shoes and prepare to be blown away by the talents of these breakthrough acts who are taking the Pop Punk music scene by storm.

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Clubnight at The Merchant

When: Sunday 27th 23:00 pm

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Celebrate the pop perfection of ABBA at The Merchant this bank holiday weekend as they host successful club night ABBA After midnight.

An event that has gotten rave reviews from attendees who’ve spent three hours lip syncing and sing-shouting to the best of ABBA’s awesome back catalogue comes to Liverpool.

Join the crowds of ABBA lovers in The Merchant, adjacent to the bottom of Seel Street, and basque in the swathes of lame, glitter and disco as you and hundreds of others lose yourself in a perfect pop moment.

David Bowie Night at The Attic Bar

When: Sunday 27th 19:00pm – 03:30am

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As music seems to be the order of the bank holiday weekend on Seel street it seems only right that one bar dedicates a night to the legend that was David Bowie.

Tucked away down Parr Street, backing onto Seel Street you will find The Attic Bar. A quaint city centre venue with an intimate outdoor terrace, The Attic Bar will be playing Bowie hits, collaborations and anything Bowie got his sticky fingers and quirky vocals into.

It’ll be a long night but a great one honouring one of Britain’s musical greats this bank holiday weekend.

Staying at Arthouse

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What a fun bank holiday weekend to look forward to, and considering Arthouse hotel is at the centre of all these amazing events our guests have easy access to one of the most exciting event packed weekends of the year.

Our movie-themed hotel rooms are ideal for hosting groups of guests who enjoy being at the heart of the bank holiday action. With stunning facilities and the perfect party atmosphere, Arthouse Hotel is the ideal place to spend what is sure to be an unforgettable bank holiday weekend.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay or to enquire about any up and coming events at Arthouse Hotel or our other bars in the area.

Top Themed Hotel Rooms for Fans of Thriller Movies

When you’re picking your Friday night film which genre do you lean toward? Comedy, fantasy, action? If the answer is a good old-fashioned thriller then why not spend a Friday night one of our Hitchcock movie themed hotel rooms in Liverpool.

At Arthouse Hotel, our second floor has been entirely dedicated to the work of one man who knew how to shock and thrill his audience; Alfred Hitchcock.

Here we count down our Hitchcock themed hotel rooms based on his most thrilling pieces of work.

#5 Notorious 1935

One of Hitchcock’s favourite leading ladies plays the Notorious Alicia Huberman in this masterful love story turned spy thriller.

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Deep undercover, Alicia becomes entangled in increasingly more dangerous situations.

The entire movie is rife with the cinematic mastery that Hitchcock became famous for and draws viewers into the seemingly hopeless love affair, spiced with a risky espionage plot line.

The Notorious themed hotel room at Arthouse sleeps up to four guests and is swathed in decadent red leather walls complemented by glistening gold furnishings.

All the top modern facilities are to hand as well with a huge flat screen TV and small kitchenette.

Perfect for a small group of horror fans looking for a thrilling stay in Liverpool.

#4 Suspicion 1941

Suspicion is a classic story of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy lies to girl and girl suspects boy of plotting to murder her!

Leading man Cary Grant fills the role of playboy Johnnie wins over everyday girl Lina, whom he suspects has access to inheritance from her wealthy father but it’s not long before the truths come out.

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Throughout the rest of the movie Lina’s suspicion of her new husband begin to mount and Hitchcock manages to engage the audience and succeeds in matching their suspicions to hers.

A famous scene is when Johnnie is ascending the stairs with a glass of milk for Lina. The audience’s suspicions heighten without verbal prompting because the glass is illuminated.

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At Arthouse Hotel, the Suspicion themed hotel room has been matched to Hitchcock’s classic style black leather finishes mimicking his perfectly tailored trademark black suits, splashes of red to add some drama.

The Suspicion hotel room sleeps up to six guests with a functional kitchenette and stunning ensuite bathroom.

#3 Vertigo 1958

Perhaps the defining movie moment of his illustrious career Hitchcock uses Vertigo to explore the fragility of the human mind and the ease at which it can be manipulated.

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It has been recognised as the best film ever made and ranks as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.

Thanks to special camera tricks such as the infamous dolly zoom, and Hitchcock’s fondness for French literature, Vertigo is a movie masterpiece with a dark theme at its core.

Plenty of theories have been drawn up as to what the movie signifies some include portrayals of male aggression, the deconstruction of femininity and the most modern perhaps is that the movie is the all in the imagination of the main male lead.

Our Vertigo themed hotel room can sleep up to four guests in utter luxury.

Located in Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, Vertigo provides perfect group accommodation in Liverpool for those who enjoy a spooky movie.

#2 Psycho 1960

A movie with the most iconic scene in cinema history, Psycho most defiantly deserves the runner up spot in our countdown to most thrilling Hitchcock movies.

This amazing movie plot has been at the core of so many popular thrillers and set the benchmark for acceptable levels of on screen violence.

Typical of Hitchcock our leading lady Janet Leigh is stranded in a secluded motel after stealing from her boss. Hitchcock often made his victims seem as though they somehow deserved their fate, another directorial technique adopted by modern movie makers.

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Leigh’s character eventually succumbs to the evils of Norman Bates, and one of the most terrifying and disturbing movies follows.

Our stunning Psycho themed hotel room sleeps up to four guests and in the city centre of Liverpool. There are full modern facilities available to guests including a huge flat screen TV and stunning ensuite bathrooms.

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Worlds apart from the accommodation experience at Bates Motel for sure.

#1 The Birds 1963

Our number one movie in our countdown to the most thrilling pieces of Hitchcock’s work is, of course, The Birds.

Starting the movie with a clever bit of movie trickery, Hitchcock lulls the audience into a false sense of security with playful comedy technique known as screwball comedy.

After setting the comedic tone of a love story Hitchcock then plunges his audiences into unimaginable terror and new realms of bird related fear.

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Tippi Hendren who played the lead role in The Birds was said to have been shaken after scenes filmed with Hitchcock due to these little-known facts from the filming of The Birds.

The famed telephone box scene where Hitchcock threw in a realistic looking bird prop smashing the glass was not scripted, neither was there meant to be live birds in the attic scene towards the end of the movie.

It was Hitchcock’s style to shock and amaze; his talent was clear and he captivated his audiences by leaving them wanting more.

The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel will do just the opposite, giving you everything you could need or want during a stay in Liverpool.

thriller themed hotel room - The Birds

This stunning movie themed hotel room is exceptionally outfitted with stunning décor and the latest modern facilities. Sleeping up to four guests The Birds room is our top choice for a group of thriller movie fans looking to stay in Liverpool in style.

Staying at Arthouse Hotel

movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Come along and see how Alfred Hitchcock’s genius has helped us make stunning themed hotel rooms that, like the great director, never fail to impress.

Arthouse Hotel: What’s On Guide to Liverpool in July

If you are planning on visiting Liverpool in July book your stay at Arthouse Hotel to be close to all the action taking place this month. From awesome movie nights to free city festivals it’s all going on and we have rounded up the best of it right here.

Independents Week

When: 3rd – 9th July

We really support our independent retailers in Liverpool and to start July off there will be a celebration across the city in recognition of the independents of Liverpool and their businesses.

A city-wide event that brings our independent traders the recognition they deserve, residents and visitors alike can make their way to a number of events taking place across the city.

What’s more, participating vendors have come up with great discounts and offers so that everyone can afford to experience the quality of Liverpool’s homegrown businesses. Check them out here.

Just a few minutes’ walk from Arthouse Hotel and our guests can join in the culmination of Independents Week as Bold Street becomes a free festival of food, drink, arts and crafts. A place perfect for getting a true taste of what makes Liverpool such an amazing place to work, live and visit.

Big Lebowski Movie Night

When: 5th July

source; www.nwfilm.org

The hotly anticipated opening of Baltic Market has been and gone and now we can begin to enjoy all the wonderful things we can take home in our baskets and the spectacular events due to be hosted there.

This Wednesday we can look forward to the first of many movie nights in Baltic Market and they’ve picked a true classic cult movie as their opening film.

Fans of The Big Lebowski can join others at Baltic Market drinking white Russians and eating delicious food from the independent vendors, all whilst watching the hit movie on the big screen.

Magic Mike

When: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Back by popular demand, our Magic Mike act has been booked at Arthouse all month long.

That’s right ladies, get your girlies together for a night of muscle mayhem to watch our boys bring the hit movie Magic Mike to life.

Get in on this weekly action and make the most of your visit to Liverpool in July with your friends.

Brazilica

When: 14th – 16th July

source: Brazilica Festival Facebook

Painting the city multi-coloured for three days in July is the Brazilica Festival, the UL’s very first Brazilian festival now in its 10th year.

Join the crowds and shimmy your way across Liverpool to the sounds of samba, enjoy live music from bands and DJ’s who are visiting Liverpool from all over the world.

Brazilica Festival is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and makes for an amazing city break to Liverpool in July.

LIMF (Liverpool International Music Festival)

When: 20th – 23RD July

source: www.aaaliverpool.co.uk

In a city that is known for producing excellent standards of musical talent, Liverpool hosts a staggering number of live music events throughout the year.

None are as highly anticipated as LIMF a superb three-day celebration of amazing music hosted in the beautiful Sefton Park.

In the spirit of Liverpool’s well-known charity and generosity the festival is completely free to attend and this year the line-up packed with bands who started their careers out in the city bars and clubs.

Come along and see the Tea Street Band four lads from Liverpool who have a decidedly unique and alternative sound. Or how’s about She Drew the Gun who’ve just returned from performing on the Park Stage at Glastonbury, this amazingly talented four pieces also hail from the banks of the Mersey and are making waves in the music industry.

LIMF is the perfect place to enjoy fresh new music with a fabulous selection of local Liverpool food and drink vendors making an appearance too.

Make sure you and your friends visit Liverpool in July for one or all of these amazing city events.

Come and see what it is that makes Liverpool the most exciting city in the UK to visit and stay at Arthouse Hotel by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Date Night Offers & Samba Dancing on Seel Street

That special evening that comes just once or twice a month is upon you. Date night has arrived and you haven’t planned a thing! Relax and check out this amazing stay and dine offer for a fun and flirty date night in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel.

Ideal date night location

Arthouse Hotel is perfectly situated for an unbelievable date night in Liverpool being surrounded by all the cities top bars, restaurants and clubs.

Alma de Cuba Dancers - date night in Liverpool

Step outside the hotel onto Seel Street, lined with exciting nightlife venues including the Latin-inspired Alma de Cuba, the laid back and trendy Heebie Jeebies and the Japanese influence cocktail bar Blind Tiger.

date night in Liverpool at Blind Tiger

source: www.blindtigerliverpool.com

If your date likes to dance this is an area of Liverpool that never sleeps and the weekend never stops.

The best memories of nights out in Liverpool are made in the Ropewalks district. Whether you’re here on a Thursday night or a Sunday evening, there’s plenty to keep you entertained all night long.

Fun film themed accommodation

An easy theme for date night in Liverpool, spoil you partner to a night in a hotel room themed with their favourite movie in mind.

Chose from the nail-biting thrillers like Hitchcock’s ‘Birds‘ or the musical mastery of ‘Mary Poppins‘. If neither of these is up your alley then try our Warhol floor with hotel rooms themed around the controversial artist’s most celebrated work.

All the rooms in Arthouse Hotel have the characteristic Signature Living style of decor. The extravagant, eye-catching and unexpected details in each hotel room are enough to make any date night in Liverpool unforgettable.

Arthouse double whirlpool bath ensuite - date night in Liverpool

Stylish ensuite bathrooms with indulgent double whirlpool baths and captivating artwork adorn Arthouse’s city centre hotel rooms. With no two suites, the same you and your partner can make your choice to suit your tastes.

Delicious food to share

There’s something special about being able to share your food with your date. We always taste each other’s dishes or wish we had what the other was eating so why not just share your entire meal with your date instead.

This is the beauty of spending your date night in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel. Our stay and dine offer extends from a terrific meal for two, and includes your marvellous movie themed accommodation and breakfast the following day.

The menu at Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria is made up of flick themed snacks including, movie themed pizzas named ‘Some Like it Hot’ and gourmet foot long hot dogs with toppings like chorizo and roasted peppers. Both perfect for sharing.

If you are still peckish after your night out in Liverpool then fear not as they even do small snacks such as nachos or uniquely flavoured popcorns.

nachos for a date night in Liverpool

Take advantage of this amazing offer for two at Arthouse Hotel and resurrect what might have been an otherwise uneventful date night.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and check out what else we can offer to make your date night in Liverpool extra special at Arthouse Hotel.

The Andy Warhol Selfie Worth £7 Million Selling at Sotheby’s

Leading a revolution of artistic discovery in the early sixties, Warhol was ahead of the times when it came to the commerciality of celebrity.

He notably predicted the selfie culture and social media society we live in today with his coined phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.

If Warhol were around today there is no doubt he would be a shining star of social media, and would certainly own a selfie stick or two.

£7 Million Selfie

£7 million selfie - Andy Warhol

source: The Guardian

Warhol’s first self-portrait, taken in 1963, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London on 28th June.

The piece has remained part of a private collection since the 1980’s and will now go under the hammer expecting to fetch in excess of £7 million.

Warhol’s Image

 

Andy Warhol’s image, his style and attitude, played a huge part in his fame. Attracting the crowds of rich and famous personalities that were forever in his orbit.

Surrounded by drag queens, actors, muses and models, Warhol was never short of a face to paint and often his work depicted the mood of society or his own feelings towards the cultures of the time.

Lisa Minnelli and Andy Warhol

source: www.tmlarts.com

His most famous images are portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor.

But when it came to his own portrait it is said that he struggled with the idea of his mortality and that of others around him and wished to convey his thoughts and feelings through his work.

With Monroe’s portrait, for example, it is understood that the fade from vivid colour to almost nothing was depicting society forgetting her but never her everlasting image.

Marilyn Monroe Warhol

source; www.bbc.co.uk

Andy Warhol’s own prophetic worry about mortality came true when an activist made an attempt on his life.

We Are All Equal

The fact that this £7 million image of Andy Warhol was taken in a “dime store” photo booth has been said to reflect the artists feeling that the human race is equal.

No matter what, certain things will happen to us all.

Be it the big things in life such as birth and death and the smaller things such as having to get your photo taken in a photo booth. This levelling act that almost everyone must take sums up Warhol’s aesthetic in a simple strip of small images.

Andy Warhol selfie

source: www.artselfiemuseum.altervista.org

A great democratiser who believed that we are all the same, Warhol stripped back the glamour of celebrity to reveal it for nothing more than commodity.

Even still Warhol couldn’t get enough of the celebrity lifestyle and his followers, clients and customers loved his approach to creating art.

Like with everything Warhol did, the £7 million selfie is an icon of today’s society. The fact that it was taken nearly 50 years prior to Instagram being launched simply highlights the accuracy of Warhol’s earliest insights.

The Warhol Floor at Arthouse

Come and snap a few selfies of your own in one of the stunning Warhol-themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Pucker up in Lips a bright and colourful dedication to one of Warhol’s simplest yet most powerful pieces of art.

Lips room Arthouse

Or if you fancy your “15 minutes of Fame” get them in the room themed around Warhol’s own world-renowned phrase.

Famous for 15 minutes room Arthouse hotel

This fabulous Liverpool hotel floor has been decorated to reflect the wonderfully artistic character and quirky style of Andy Warhol.

Furnished to the high standards expected of a modern hotel room, with some unexpected surprises too.

Book your stay mid-week and take advantage of these amazing hotel offers or simply email info@signatureliving.co.uk or call 0151 601 8801 and arrange your stay today.

5 Steps to the Best Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, so this Father’s Day why not surprise him with a gift that’s a little different. Forget the usual pair of socks or jazzy tie he’ll never wear, instead take him out for a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at the Arthouse Hotel.

Follow these 5 easy steps and your Dad is sure to have the best Father’s Day yet.

Book a Stay in our Movie-Themed Hotel

Is your Dad a film fanatic? If so, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a wonderful movie-themed Father’s Day.

Each room in our unique hotel is inspired by a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other. From Hitchcock to Warhol, whatever your Dad’s favourite film, you’re sure to find a room that suites him.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel we offer a range of different offers to suit everyone’s needs, from Stay and Play deals that include a mini ping pong session to discounts on Sunday check ins, we’ll find an offer to suit you.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical hotel and really impress your Dad.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Have a Sunday Lunch to Remember

If you’re feeling peckish, why not feast on a special Father’s Day Sunday Roast.

Loads of restaurants across Liverpool offer tasty Sunday lunches, but, arguably one of the best comes from Alma de Cuba. Just a short walk from the Arthouse, this former Catholic Church is one of the most breath-taking buildings in Liverpool.

The vibrant restaurant and bar is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building and features an original alter and beautiful chandeliers, making it the perfect backdrop for a hearty family Sunday roast.

Plus, Alma are doing a special ‘dads eat free’ offer just for Father’s Day. For every table booked, one dad will eat completely free!

Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s sure to be very popular!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Alma de Cuba

Go on a Themed Tour of Liverpool

After both you and your Dad have refuelled, it’s time to take a tour of this great city.

There are several different themed tours you can enjoy, from football stadium visits and musical delights, to Beatles-mania and cultural sightseeing. There’s something for every Dad.

The Shankly Hotel offer a range of football themed tours that all centre around the famous footballing legend Bill Shankly. Choose from the ‘Liverpool was made for me’ tour that includes a visit to Anfield Stadium and Shankly’s favourite places in Liverpool, to the Fab Four and Shanks tour that incorporates some of the most interesting places both the great man and the Beatles frequented.

Or if you prefer something a bit different you can experience the Beatles magical mystery tour or take a thrilling trip on the Liverpool city sights open top bus!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Bill Shankly

Head Out for a Few Drinks

The Arthouse Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant bar scene and so the choice of destinations to buy your Dad a pint is endless.

A walk down the trendy Ropewalks area will take you past Salt Dogs, Brooklyn Mixer, the Peacock and Heebie Jeebies to name but a few.

Why not treat your Dad to a free beer at Slims Pork Chop express as they are giving out free boilermakers, a PBR and American whiskey, to all Father’s on the special day.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

End the Day with Pizza and Beer

After a jammed packed Sunday filled with great food, quality memories and the best of Liverpool’s culture you’ll be in need of a rest.

Head to the Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria for a unique film-themed pizza, a great movie and an early night in your beautiful suite.

Enjoy the amazing surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas all with a movie-themed twist.

Choose from Some Like It Hot with chilli and pepperoni to the Margherita Hayworth which as you may have guessed is cheese and tomato. Or feast on the Casablanca, topped with artichoke, olive, roast pepper and rocket.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with our amazing selection of beers, cocktails and wines.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

To book your perfect Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel and prove to your Dad how much he means to you, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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