Looking for exciting new dinner shows in Liverpool then Mulholland Bar can deliver with our latest and greatest leap forward in food service.
We’ve combined the musical talents of gifted individuals with fantastic food and delicious drink for people in Liverpool to enjoy a truly spectacular dining experience.
Welcome to Mulholland Bar’s Singing Waiters
Bringing something new and exciting to the table, literally, Mulholland Bar has assembled a cast of singing waiters to serve up their delicious and unique movie-themed dishes.
So, when dining at Mullholland Bar you can order a plate of rainbow coloured nacho’s and a Spice Girl Pizza and on the side, you’ll get a rendition of a well-known power ballad or a showstopping Disney chorus.
We wanted to spice up dinner shows in Liverpool with more than just flavours and ingredients and decided to add a dash of theatrical flair to the menu as well.
Now you can enjoy a slice of pizza topped with a classic song or show tune too.
Where is Mulholland You Ask?
Forming part of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Ropewalks, Mulholland Bar is at home nestled between some of the city’s most exciting clubs and bars.
On a night out in Liverpool, you simply can’t miss all the action at this end of town that promises to deliver a one of a kind nightlife experience any time of the year.
Located underneath Liverpool’s top movie-themed hotel, Arthouse, Mulholland Bar has a retro Hollywood style which encapsulates the bygone era of magical movie making.
With stars from the silver screen gracing the décor and inspiring the creative cocktail menu too.
Why Not Stay the Night?
Make Mulholland Bar the first stop at the beginning of your night in Liverpool by booking any of the fabulous movie-themed group accommodation at Arthouse Hotel.
Choose from a wide selection of movie genres including rooms from the thrilling Alfred Hitchcock floor inspired by his classic masterpieces Birds and Vertigo.
Or perhaps accommodation from the enchanting musicals floor might be more to your taste. In that case, choose from rooms themed around all our favourite musical greats from Mary Poppins to Chicago.
The final themed floor at Arthouse Hotel has been outfitted to honour some of the great works of Andy Warhol including his racy movie Chelsea Girls and the popular Marilyn Monroe Pop Art piece that gained him notoriety long after his death.
All the rooms in Arthouse Hotel perfectly compliment Mulholland Bar’s film theme and are the perfect places to stay when attending what are set to be the most spectacular dinner shows in Liverpool yet!
Perfect for your most special events including hen parties, special birthday celebrations or simply a fantastic night out on the town with friends our Mulholland Singing Waiter dinner shows in Liverpool are not to be missed.
Call 0151 305 7900 for more information and to arrange an overnight stay in Liverpool’s most creative movie-themed hotel call 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com today.
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.
#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.
#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.
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.
Yellow Brick Road reception
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.
Wizard of Oz room
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask more about the magical Wizard of Oz room or any of our other movie themed rooms in Arthouse Hotel.
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.
Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.
Age is Only a Number
Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.
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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.
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.
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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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
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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Discover the best behind the scenes photographs from The Sound of Music along with heartwarming, hilarious facts.
The Sound of Music (1965) is undoubtedly one of the best-loved and most timeless movies of all time.
And at Liverpool’s Arthouse Hotel, we’ve captured the very essence of the classic with our fabulous Sound of Music themed hotel room.
Join us on this nostalgic look back at the film that truly brought the hills alive with the Sound of Music!
Julie Andrews almost wasn’t Maria von Trapp
Though we can’t imagine anyone else twirling over the mountains, the truth behind the scenes is that Julie Andrews very nearly missed out on bringing Maria von Trapp to life.
Whilst director Robert Wise affirmed that his heart was set on Andrews, it has been reported that Shirley Jones, Doris Day, and Anne Bancroft were considered for the part.
And despite Wise’s eagerness, Andrews herself almost turned the part down. The young star worried that the role would be too similar to Mary Poppins (1964).
There “should have” been a romance…
It’s safe to say that the sparks between Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on-screen may not have required too much acting after all!
Both Andrews and Plummer confessed to having a soft spot for each other while filming The Sound of Music, with Plummer describing working with Julie Andrews as like “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card”.
The flirtatious pair remain close friends to this day and insist that their feelings never amounted to anything more than a friendship. Whether that’s true or not, their connection has certainly lasted the decades.
Plummer told ABC News:
“We should have ended up together. We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, it was most inconvenient”.
Kim Karath didn’t really climb the mountain
The adorable Kym Karath wasn’t actually sat on the Captain’s shoulders for the infamous mountain scene.
Plummer found Karath too heavy to carry and requested a stunt double while climbing the mountain.
Ironically, Plummer had put on weight during filming himself – the director’s even had to alter his clothes!
Christopher Plummer wasn’t exactly a fan
In fact, Christopher Plummer’s weight again whilst filming wasn’t for the reason you may think.
Though we suspect there was plenty of fun on set, Plummer was unhappy with various aspects of the film, particularly being asked to sing “Edelweiss”.
Plummer admitted that he indulged in plenty of comfort eating and excessive drinking during this period, and was even drunk when they filmed the music festival scene.
Though the film went on to become iconic, Plummer recalls disliking filming so much that he would refer to the movie as “The Sound of Mucus”.
Meanwhile, Julie Andrews was a fan of her wardobe
Unsurprisingly, showcasing the Sound of Music wedding dress definitely wasn’t a chore.
In fact, the stunning dress chosen for Maria von Trapp’s big day was a hit with Julie Andrews herself.
The classic gown was designed by Dorothy Jacobs, a renowned costume designer at the time.
Equipped with visible water stains, the iconic dress later sold at auction for $23,040.
“That dress was exquisite,” Andrews recalled.
Filming began tucked up in bed
On their first day of filming, Julie Andrews and the children shot the bedroom scene, in which Andrews sang the timeless “My Favourite Things”.
We can’t think of a better way to spend the working day!
Mary Poppins may have made an appearance or two
Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964) hadn’t been released when filming for The Sound of Music began.
Julie Andrews would keep the children entertained with renditions of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on set, yet they hadn’t heard the song before.
Later becoming one of the most memorable songs of all time, the children had assumed that Andrews thought up the song herself just for them!
Dinner was served in style
While films don’t always use real place settings and food for meal scenes, The Sound of Music definitely did.
When the children are first introduced to Maria over dinner, real place settings and food filled the table!
The Sound of Music cast found themselves in deep water!
The Sound of Music cast may not have anticipated being hosed down time and time again, but that was what happened!
The tuneful bunch had to be hosed down in order to maintain looking the soaking wet look from falling into the water.
Julie Andrews and Kym Karath also landed themselves in deep water with the boat scene. On the second take, the boat tipped, sending Andrews one way into the water and Karath the other.
Andrews was responsible for catching Karath (who couldn’t swim) but on this occasion, Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) had to take control!
The Sound of Music was chosen to boost morale
One of the most unlikely facts about The Sound of Music links back to the Cold War.
The same way that The Sound of Music was awarded an impressive five Oscars, the BBC were busy building a nuclear bunker.
In an era filled with Cold War anxieties and paranoia, it’s easy to see why this slightly bizarre decision was being made!
Television execs picked the uplifting musical to be broadcast as part of 100 days of television showings if a nuclear strike should hit.#
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer just couldn’t stop laughing
This scene may look seriously heartfelt, but behind the scenes this particular duo were in fits of laughter.
Behind the camera, the famous kiss between Maria and the Captain in the gazebo was a far cry from intense…
Both Andrews and Plummer couldn’t seem to shake the giggles as they sang close to each other’s faces.
“Chris and I were standing very close. We were face to face, about an inch away from each other, looking into each others eyes. We were just getting to the point where we would say ‘I love you’ or we’d start kissing… and then those old arc lights would let out a loud ‘raspberry!’ It was like a comment on our scene! Well, Chris and I would start laughing. We couldn’t help it. Then we’d go back to the scene again, and those lights would start groaning at us again! Our giggling got even worse. In fact it got to the point where we couldn’t get through the scene!”
Director Robert Wise found himself with little choice but to film the scene in silhouette, concealing the laughter behind that passionate kiss!
Why not treat yourself or someone special to a stay in our Sound of Music themed hotel room? We’re sure it’ll become one of your favourite things in no time.
Our spacious rooms are equipped with everything you could need for an unforgettable group stay in Liverpool, in the heart of the city’s best sights and vibrant nightlife scene.
To enquire further, you can speak to our team today on 0151 601 8801.
Here we have unearthed an astonishing 63 little-known facts about the filming, production and cast of the hit film. See how many you didn’t already know.
Mary Poppins was a book first published in 1934 written by P.L Travers.
Walt Disney struggled to gain film rights to the novel from author P.L Travers it took 20 years for him to convince her.
Travers had full script approval but not final script approval which resulted in her disappointment at the finished product.
P.L Travers spent 10 days at a time in story meetings that she insisted were recorded so that her ideas and suggestions were documented.
Mary Poppins was based on the Travers’ Aunt Helen but also subconsciously moulded around a fairy tale creature from Hindu Mythology called The Mother Goddess.
Travers hated the movie and loathed the dancing penguins. She was less than impressed with the home the Banks’ lived in and the change in time period. She despised the music and thought Mary Poppins was far too pretty.
There was a total of 30 songs written by the Sherman brothers, 20 of which were cut by Travers.
If Travers had her way Mary Poppins wouldn’t have been a musical at all.
It is recorded that Travers wept at the movie premier said to be distraught about what Disney had done to her novels. She vowed never to work with Disney again.
P.L Travers was not cordially invited to the premier of the movie in the US, Disney feeling it would be easier to include her in the London premiere. She, of course, informed Disney she would be in the states on the day of the premier and demanded a ticket.
Both Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews had doubts over their roles in Mary Poppins. Van Dyke felt undeserving of the honour event though he still today says it was his best role. Julie Andrews felt immense pressure to do the much-beloved character of Mary Poppins justice. A worry she proved was unnecessary.
Angela Lansbury was among Disney’s first choice for the role of Mary Poppins.
When approached to play Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews was also being considered for Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, she was hesitant to accept Disney’s offer until she was passed over for the other role by Audrey Hepburn.
Julie Andrews was cast as Maria in The Sound of Music based solely on her performance as Mary Poppins.
Julie Andrews was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In her acceptance speech, Andrews made a point of thanking Jack Warner who had chosen not to cast her in My Fair Lady, leaving her free to be Poppins.
P.L Travers first contacted Julie Andrews the day after giving birth to her daughter. Travers told Andrews that she was too pretty to play Poppins but had the right nose.
Julie Andrews’ favourite song “Stay Awake” was almost cut from the film by Travers until she pleaded in a letter written to Travers asking for it to remain.
Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent was coached by an Irish man and Van Dyke blames his shocking accent in the movie on this.
Van Dykes accent was voted one of the worst accents in movies, coming in second only to Sean Connery’s “Irish accent” in The Untouchables.
Dick Van Dyke was not a trained dancer despite his flawless moves in both the dancing penguin scene and step in time routines.
Those in charge of animating the dancing penguins were enraged when Van Dyke persistently stepped on the penguins during rehearsals.
Mr Dawes Sr.
It was Van Dyke’s idea to play two roles in the movie, both Bert and Mr Dawes’ Sr, the old bank manager. Disney refused at first but then Van Dyke auditioned after being given an elderly man makeover by the makeup department at Disney.
Van Dyke is referred to as Navckid Keyd in the credits for his part as Mr Dawes.
Other Cast Members
Katie Nanna the nanny who leaves the family at the start of the movie also played the Bride of Frankenstein, quite fitting really.
The actress who played Mrs Banks wanted to play Mary Poppins but instead agreed to play Mrs Banks with the condition that she had her own song.
Ed Wynn, who played Uncle Albert, was given freedom to adlib his part. In the script, Uncle Albert was also supposed to have a Viennese accent which Ed wynn omitted.
The young actor that played Michael, Matthew Garber, was terrified of heights, he was therefore given a 10 cents bonus for every take he was suspended in the “Love to Laugh” number.
Matthew Garber died at a tragically young age of just 21.
The talking parrot on Mary’s umbrella is voiced by the David Tomlinson aka. Mr Banks, he also voiced a jockey and a few of the animated animals in the farm yard.
Walt Disney’s daughters brought the idea of making Mary Poppins the film.
“Spoon full of Sugar” was inspired by the polio vaccination being given at schools in a cube of sugar.
There is a deeper meaning to the magical musical Mary Poppins. The mending of a broken family which is symbolised by the kite at the end of the film.
The Disney Way
Walt remained absent from many of the meetings Travers was present in and their relationship grew frostier throughout production.
Julie Andrews husband designed the costumes for Mary Poppins, a role that was awarded to entice Julie Andrews into the role.
Apparently, Van Dyke paid to play the character Dawes after agreeing to a stipulation from Disney that Van Dyke donate $4000 to a charity Disney was involved in.
After premier, Travers insisted that the dancing penguin’s scene was removed and suggested a number of other small edits. Disney refused them all.
Walt’s favourite song from the movie was “feed the birds” he would often ask the tune to be played by the Sherman brothers until he passed away in 1966.
Both the children actually believed Julie Andrews was magic thanks to some clever camera trickery including the bottomless bag scene in which the looks of wonder on the children’s faces were genuine.
The money from Mary Poppins paid for the Florida swamp land Disney World sits on today.
Set, Costume, Music and Script
Most of the nannies in the queue outside the Bank’s home were stunt men in drag.
Richard and Robert Sherman began writing songs for the movie even before Walt had the rights to the film.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious took two weeks to create and was said to be inspired by a game that the Sherman brothers played at summer camp when they were young.
This fact was disputed in 1949 by songwriters who claimed they created the word Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus. They sued Disney for $12 million and lost due to the nonsense word having been around for decades despite the Sherman brothers insisting they’d made it up.
Mary Poppins immaculate hair was actually a wig.
The entire movie was shot indoors in one of four Disney studio soundstages.
The cherry trees on Cherry Tree lane were real but their blossoms were created by artists who hand mounted thousands of twigs and paper blossoms.
The step-in time dance sequence took a huge six weeks to film.
The very first audio-animatronic was used in “Spoonful of Sugar” the singing robin that perches upon Mary Poppins finger. The bird was attached to a ring and then cables ran up the sleeve of Mary’s sleeve to the controls
The robins part was whistled by Julie Andrews, a woman of so many talents.
Mary Poppins cost a whopping $6 million to produce with Travers earning a measly $100,000.
Post and Pre Production
Mary Poppins first appeared on an early TV show in 1949 event thought the movie wasn’t to premier until 1964.
The novel, Mary Poppins, was deemed racist at one point by San Francisco’s libraries causing them to pull the book from the shelves because of racial slurs and stereotypes used when Mary travels around the globe.
The movie Mary Poppins was the highest grossing film of 1965 and continued to play all year in direct competition with The Sound of Music.
Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won 5.
The Mary Poppins movie soundtrack was at number 1 for 14 weeks, beating popular acts of the time including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.
The snow globe from the “feed the birds” scene was missing for years. The founder of the Walt Disney archives finally found the trinket in a janitor’s office at Disney Studios who said he’d seen it in the bin but thought it too pretty to throw away.
Mary Poppins was the first Disney movie to be released on DVD.
There was nearly a Mary Poppins sequel until it was scrapped by new management and encountered casting issues.
The stage production of Mary Poppins was given to Cameron Macintosh in 1990 by Travers on the proviso that only British writers were used and the plays follow the books, not the movie.
Mary Poppins is the only live action Disney movie to be listed in the National Film Registry.
The movie was Walt Disney’s Highest grossing movie ever.
Travers once posed for a Mary Poppins statue that was due to reside in Central Park New York. The design was deemed as offensively bad art by the public and the plan was scrapped.
Mary Poppins Room at Arthouse Hotel
Our marvelous movie themed Liverpool hotel room is practically perfect in every way. Capturing the whimsical magic of Walt Disney’s greatest cinematic creation with its artistic ceiling mural, fun and quirky decor and up to luxury facilities.
You’ve made a great choice to stay the night in Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel, now what to do whilst you’re here other than relax in your luxury movie-themed hotel room, or take a dip in the double whirlpool bath?
We have a list of super fun activities that will take you from day to night during your stay in Liverpool.
Something to do in the day time
#ADselfiesweepstake Competition closing day
When: Ends 8th April
Where: your phone
Albert Dock began a selfie competition on the 18th of March inviting people betting on the Grand National to forward a selfie including the name of their chosen runner to be in with a chance of winning a great night out on Albert Dock.
The competition deadline draws near with the final admissions being accepted on the 8th of April.
Simply snap a pic of yourself at Albert Dock and win a meal for four and a bottle of bubbly at stunning dockside Liverpool restaurant Gustos and some other great prizes.
Dance classes at Arthouse Hotel
When: All week
Where: Arthouse Hotel
Get up and get active during your visit to Liverpool and be schooled in diva style dance moves by a professional and talented dance instructor.
Don’t waste an opportunity like this and book one of our amazing Signature Living Dance classes ideal for those of you staying together at Arthouse Hotel in our movie-themed group accommodation.
Our dance lessons are the perfect way to bring any group together and pick up some fancy footwork skills to take home with you when you check out.
Liverpool & Hong Kong Reflections
When: 7th April
Where: Museum of Liverpool
Part of LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival, the Museum of Liverpool welcome an exhibition launching on the 7th of April. A display of photography that explores the similarities between two great cities; Liverpool and Hong Kong.
The exhibition includes work from prominent Hong Kong based photographer, Ho Fan and shows how similar life in the two cities is. Both being home to a wealth of varied cultures, bustling ports and ever developing urban landscapes that influence the population.
This exciting exhibition was commissioned by Charlotte Tsang who wanted to recapture memories of life growing up as a second-generation Hong Kong resident in the city of Liverpool.
When the sun sets in Liverpool the view across the river Mersey is spectacular and now so is the view of your night ahead.
Grease is the word
When: opening night 3rd April 19:30 pm
Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre
You must like movies otherwise why would you be staying in Liverpool’s number one movie-themed hotel?
On the 3rd of April, one of the world’s most celebrated musical movies and the theme movie of our favourite first-floor room, Grease, is the word at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.
Book your seats for opening night and sing-along to your favourite Danny and Sandy songs such as “Hopelessly Devoted” and “Grease Lightning” as they are performed live on stage.
Don’t miss out on this superb stage spectacular on opening night 3rd of April.
Open Mic Night, Out of the bedroom
When: 20:30 pm 4th April
Where: LEAF, Bold Street
There’s nothing better in life than spotting new musical talent in Liverpool, a city known for producing some amazing musical legends, you just never know when or where the next big thing will catch their break.
At LEAF open mic nights are showcases of promising future superstars accompanied by some delicious food and drink.
What’s more this superb live music venue in Liverpool is just around the corner from Arthouse Hotel, making it the perfect evening out for those looking for a quiet but memorable night out nearby.
Hip Hop and Jazz the Hot 8 Brass Band
When: 19:30 pm 7th April
Where: Invisible Wind Factory
This fantastic New Orleans band return to Liverpool to perform at the city’s newest entertainment venue Invisible Wind Factory. They also bring with them contemporary R&B and hip-hop blended with the classic sound of a traditional brass band.
This is a musical experience with a definite difference, a style of music that has been evolving over the decades through the new and innovative use of instruments and clever composing techniques.
For something new and loud, make your way to the Invisible Wind Factory on the 7th of April and see if the sounds of Hot 8 Brass Band are right up your street.
Staying at Arthouse Hotel
During your stay in Arthouse Hotel, our friendly staff will be one hand to help guide you around the area.
Arthouse Hotel is ideally located amongst some of the best clubs and bars in the city, as well as being near Bold Street, famous for its selection of restaurants providing cuisine from around the world.
Not only will you have an unforgettable night in Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel Arthouse, you can also experience the best cultural events taking place in the city during your stay.
Have you been looking for a special way to treat yourself in Liverpool during the week? Look no further than Arthouse Hotel. Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel been designed to accommodate visitors to the city who awant to enjoy a great night out on the town.
Come and experience the UK’s favourite party city destination when it’s a little less crowded and you can take advantage of the amazing mid-week offers in Liverpool’s best bars.
Choose Your Movie
At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind.
The first floor has a choice of iconic musical movies such as Grease, Yellow Submarine and Chicago. So, if you enjoy singing along to the toe-tapping songs from these tuneful classics then chose a movie themed room from the first floor.
Up to the next floor which is one for the horror fans among you. Welcome to our thrilling Hitchcock themed floor where a selection of the celebrated director’s most memorable movies has inspired each of our second-floor rooms.
Enjoy a dizzying night in Vertigo, a terrifying night with The Birds or even spend a night in Suspicion on our Hitchcock movie themed floor.
Finally, the third-floor accommodation was inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.
Choose a room inspired by the well-known portraits of Marilyn Monroe or his recreation of classical Renaissance paintings. Perhaps treat yourself in Liverpool to a night spent in a room inspired by The Chelsea Girls. A controversial film about life in a hotel that earned 10x its filming budget within the first 19 weeks of screening in New York.
Whether you enjoy a sweet singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.
Pick your restaurant
During your overnight stay, we have two fabulous restaurants where you can choose to dine for your evening meal.
The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is located within the award-winning Shankly Hotel and provides a delicious varied menu created by talented chefs. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients to design dishes that are special and can be enjoyed by everybody. Book your evening meal here and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and stunningly chic décor.
Our Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant can be found atop Liverpool’s exquisite Titanic themed hotel 30 James Street. The perfect location provides visitors with stunning views of Albert Dock and the World Heritage Waterfront from the elegant rooftop terrace. Once seated you can treat yourself in Liverpool from a delightful menu of fine dining quality dishes served with a twist.
No matter which of our city centre restaurants you choose to dine from on the evening of your stay, both are ideally located to continue into Liverpool and enjoy a night experiencing the stylish city-centre nightlife.
Stay and dine for £99
This amazing overnight midweek offer in Arthouse Hotel is just £99. The offer includes an overnight stay from Sunday to Thursday in one of the marvellous movie themed Liverpool hotel rooms and a delicious meal in either the Carpathia or the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
What better way to treat yourself in Liverpool than spending an evening in a marvellous movie themed room with an evening meal included from Arthouse hotel?
After the release of La-La Land, it’s official, musicals are back, for most of us they may have never left. At Arthouse Hotel we have dedicated an entire floor to musicals with a series of musical themed Liverpool hotel rooms perfect for a group visit to Liverpool.
Here are our top 5 musical themed Liverpool hotel rooms that you can definitely make a song and dance about.
Starring the mummy of musicals, Julie Andrews, as a magical woman who can fly. Mary Poppins the movie had us all wishing our parents would hire her to be our nanny.
We wanted to look into her bottomless carpet bag and be given the gift of tidying our room with a click of our fingers.
At Arthouse Hotel, we’ve provided our guests with a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious place to stay in Liverpool. Step into this luxurious Liverpool hotel room that has space for up to 6 guests, it’s very own kitchenette and a wonderfully whimsical décor.
Our Mary Poppins suite comes with everything you need for a great visit to Liverpool. For your entertainment, there’s a large flat screen TV and Bluetooth music systems perfect for a little sing along as well as a stunning bathroom suite with a double whirlpool bath and shower.
What’s more Arthouse Hotel has easy access to Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife just moments from the front door? You and your party can ‘Kick your Knees Up’ to your favourite chart topping tunes in Liverpool’s favourite bars and clubs close by.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
One of the world’s favourite musicals, with its whacky and wild all-star cast including legends like Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.
The catchy toe-tapping tunes and a weird and wonderful film plot made this low budget creation the cult movie masterpiece it is today. That and a healthy dose of live audience participation at cinemas screening the film for over 30 years.
Our movie themed Liverpool hotel room dedicated to Rocky Horror is out of this world, literally, from another planet. The planet Transylvania to be precise.
Book a stay in The Rocky Horror Picture Show room and get lost in a world where suspenders and fishnets are perfectly acceptable attire. Enjoy sleeping surrounded by dark and decadent décor under a giant pair of luscious red lips and make the most of the stunning red tiled bathroom taking a dip in the deep bath tub.
This is one ‘Hot Patootie’ of a musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room, one that will make you feel as though you’ve been sucked into a ‘Time Warp’ from which you don’t want to escape.
Wizard of Oz
This marvellous movie introduced us to the magic of Technicolour and no opportunity was wasted to show us just how technicolour-ful the wonderful world of Oz was. The shining Emerald City, the glistening ruby red slippers and who can forget the cast skipping down the bright yellow brick road.
There’ll be no running from evil witches or flying monkeys in our spectacular Wizard of Oz room.
Sleeping up to 6 guests in comfortable double beds, the Wizard of Oz room is perfect for a group get together in Liverpool. With its very own stylish kitchenette and a luxurious bathroom complete with double whirlpool bath, the Wizard of Oz room is as far from Kansas as you could hope to get.
So, join us ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and celebrate like the munchkins do, when you check into our Wizard of Oz musical themed Liverpool hotel room.
Sound of Music
Julie Andrews steals the show again. This most epic of musical movies depicts an impossible true love story set against stunning scenery with an unforgettable soundtrack of show-stopping tunes.
The Sound of Music is quite possibly the most memorable musical movie of all time and makes a splendid addition to our musical themed Liverpool hotel room selection at Arthouse Hotel.
We guarantee that The Sound of Music will quickly become one of your ‘Favourite things’, along with ‘whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens’.
The stunning suite has been decorated to reflect pure Hollywood glamour with champagne coloured bedding, large screen TV’s, and a sublime bathroom with a double whirlpool bath.
After a visit to our Sound of Music movie themed Liverpool hotel room, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else.
Where most of us got an unrealistic portrayal of what to expect at high school only to be let down by the lack of singing in the classrooms and the absence of girl and guy groups like the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies.
Grease is one of the most iconic musical movies of all time and inspiration for our Grease movie themed Liverpool hotel room.
This is ‘The One that You Want’ as far as group accommodation in Liverpool is concerned. Sleeping up to 6 guests in super stylish surroundings under the watchful eyes of superstars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
Enjoy the superb facilities of this amazing city centre hotel room such as a fully integrated kitchenette, stunning bathroom suite including a double whirlpool bath. There’s also a large flat screen TV to watch during your stay and Bluetooth music systems to get the party started at night.
Whether you were ‘Born to Hand Jive’ or feel like you’ve been ‘Stranded at the Drive In’, a stay in our Grease themed hotel room will leave you feeling like ‘Greased Lightning’.
Revel in the wonder that is a musical movie by staying in anyone of our Arthouse musical themed Liverpool hotel rooms and we guarantee you an unforgettable night you’ll cherish forever.
The best of Liverpool’s exciting nightlife is right on the doorstep, so no matter where you end up partying your hotel room is never too far away.