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

watch movies in Liverpool at The Baltic Market

source: Baltic Market

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

watch movies in Liverpool in The Secret Garden Calderstones Park

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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

watch movies in Liverpool at Cafe Tabac

source: CafeTabac Facebook

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

source: Tyneside cinema

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

LIMF 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.

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.

Behind The Scenes of The Sound of Music

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.

Andrews recalls:

“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.

Movie themed Hotel Room: 63 Unknown and Bizarre Facts About Mary Poppins

Known as the greatest Disney movie of all time, Mary Poppins and its star-studded cast was an obvious choice that inspired our Mary Poppins movie themed Liverpool hotel room.

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.

P.L Travers

P.L Travers author of Mary Poppins

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.

Inspiration for character Mary Poppins

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.

Actors

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.

Mary Poppins

Angela Lansbury was among Disney’s first choice for the role of Mary Poppins.

Angela Lansbury - first choice for 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.

Julie Andrews - Mary 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.

Bert

Dick Van Dyke - Bert

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.

Dick Van Dyke - Bert - Step in Time

Those in charge of animating the dancing penguins were enraged when Van Dyke persistently stepped on the penguins during rehearsals.

Mr Dawes Sr.

Dick Van Dyke - 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.

Katie Nanna - Bride of Frankenstein

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.

Uncle Albert - Ed Wynn

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.

Love to Laugh - Mary Poppins

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.

David Tomlinson - Mr Banks

Inspiration

Walt Disney’s daughters brought the idea of making Mary Poppins the film.

Mary Poppins Novel

“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.

Disney and Travers

 

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.

Nannies in drag - Mary Poppins

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.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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.

Cherry Trees on Cherry Tree Lane Mary Poppins

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 and the robin

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.

Mary Poppins the TV show

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.

the missing snow globe - Mary Poppins

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 on stage

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

Mary Poppins movie themed Liverpool hotel room

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.

What’s each Arthouse Hotel movie themed Liverpool hotel room is within easy reach of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife venues?

It couldn’t be easier for you and your party to find somewhere to “kick your knees up” and “step in time” in one of Liverpool’s favourite night clubs or bars.

Call to book on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information to see if there’s another movie themed Liverpool hotel room we have that’s perfectly suited to you.

Arthouse Hotel Weekly What’s On Guide to Liverpool

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 Selfie sweepstake

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

Dance classes at Arthouse hotel - movie-themed hotel in Liverpool

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

Liverpool & Hong Kong reflections

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.

Witness the launch of an exciting photography festival in Liverpool at Liverpool & Hong Kong reflections shown at the Museum of Liverpool.

When the sun goes down

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

Grease at the 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

Open mic night at LEAF

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

Hot 8 Brass Band

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

Arthouse Hotel - movie-themed hotel in Liverpool

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.

Check out our latest accommodation offers here and call 0151 601 8801 to book your stay today or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Marvellous Movie Midweek Liverpool Offer at Arthouse

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

Arthouse hotel reception

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

The Bastion at the Shankly Hotel, where a Fab Four and Shanks tour operates from

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

Stay and Dine at Arthouse hotel

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?

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

5 Rooms at Arthouse Hotel to Make a Song and Dance About

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.

Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews Mary Poppins

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.

Mary Poppins - musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room

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

Rocky Horror Cast

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.

Rocky Horror - musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room

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

Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road

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.

Wizard of Oz - musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room

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

Sound of music - Julie Andrews

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.

Sound of Music - musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room

After a visit to our Sound of Music movie themed Liverpool hotel room, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else.

Grease

Grease Gang

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.

Grease - musical movie themed Liverpool hotel room

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’.

Arthouse Hotel

Arthouse Hotel reception

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.

Book to stay in style at Arthouse Hotel and celebrate your favourite musical, a special occasion in Liverpool or just a short break in the UK’s favourite city using one of our amazing group accommodation offers.

30 Interesting Facts from the filming of Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Picture show is an iconic cult movie with a devoted following of fans. These fans relish any opportunity slip into their fishnets and attend any of the 200+ special screenings or performances that have taken place since the movie premiered in 1975.

At Arthouse hotel we pay homage to this amazing piece of movie madness with our Rocky Horror Show room musical floor.

As with any movie, there are plenty of weird and wonderful facts associated with production, even more so with a creation as spectacularly bizarre as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, check out what we discovered here.

Stay the night if you dare

That’s right you can actually visit the building that was used to film Rocky Horror and stay the night.

Frank-N-Furter’s mansion/spaceship has now been converted into a splendid luxury hotel, Oakley Ridge, in Windsor.

Derelict, freezing, then on fire!

The listed building used for filming was in such a terrible condition that actors cast and crew were forced to huddle together in a designated “warm room”. As the cast and crew were quite large they had to take it in turns to visit the room, that is until it caught on fire!

Time Warp was a space filler

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It seems the most iconic path of the film might never have been if it weren’t for the length of the script. Due to the finished film only being 40 minutes long using the original script, Time Warp was added as a space filler. Thank the lord it was because it’s the best party dance ever.

A gruelling film schedule

Most movie masterpieces and even certain independent films can take years to create. Actors, crew members, directors and producers all take huge chunks of time out of their lives to create a memorable piece of movie magic.

Not Rocky Horror Picture Show, this blockbusting masterpiece took only 6 weeks to film

Loyalty to the cast

Original members of the theatre production of Rocky Horror remained in their designated roles for the movie. Leading role Tim Curry, writer and actor Richard O’Brien and Meatloaf are just a few among others who have been a part of the show since it’s inception.

Creepy coffin clock

At the start of the song, “Time Warp” Richard O’Brien’s character, Riff Raff can be seen caressing a skeleton in a coffin with a feather duster.

The creepy reality is that this is a genuine human skeleton which went on to be sold at auction for £35,000 at London auction house Sotheby’s.

Set builder error

When Dr Scott comes crashing through the wall of the lab in his wheelchair, this was not scripted. It turns out the set builders had forgotten to build a door. Instead, the directors used the situation to their advantage, adding to the weird and wonderful nature of the finished movie.

A German Frank-N-Furter

Frank-N-Furter’s voice was originally going to be accented in German. It’s only after hearing the posh English lilt of a woman he’d overheard on the bus that he decided to model the character’s voice on Queen Elizabeth II.

On set injury

The character of Brad, played by Barry Bostwick, smashes his fists down on the table at dinner. In doing so he pounds Janet’s fist, played by Susan Sarandon. Her reaction is genuine. Perhaps in revenge later on in the movie, Sarandon places a well-heeled foot right on Bostwick’s instep causing him very real pain.

Perhaps in revenge, later on in the movie Sarandon places a well-heeled foot right on Bostwick’s instep causing him very real pain.

An unexpected dinner guest


When Eddie’s body is revealed under the table after dinner the looks of surprise on the actor’s faces are genuine as only O’Brien and Curry knew that the body was there.

Love lives off set

According to Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon who played Janet and Barry Bostwick who played Brad were having an off-screen romance.

Skinny stunt double

As Meatloaf, playing the character of Eddie ould not ride a motorcycle a slimmer stunt double was used for the “Hot Patootie” number.

The close up’s of Eddie belting out the lyrics were filmed as he was pulled around on a wheelchair.

Not tonight Tim

Tim Curry was refused entry to one of the iconic midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show suspected of being an imposter.

After he proved his identity using his passport he was he was apologetically invited in, but declined.

In Drag or Not in Drag that is the question

Tim Curry says his Frank-N-Furter costume is not drag, it’s just how Translyvanians dress.

Royal fans

Princess Dianna was a fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. During an interview, she had requested between Tim Curry and herself the princess apparently turned to Curry with a cheeky smile confiding in him that the movie “quite completed her education”.

Longest running theatrical production

The Rocky Horror Picture Show holds the record for longest theatrical release in history and continues to play in theatres across the US today.

Dedication to Rocky Horror

An ancient museum style cinema in Munich has screend the Rocky Horror Picture Show once a week since 1977.

O’Brien’s equivalent of a crossword puzzle

Rocky Horror was written by Richard O’Brien as a way to keep him occupied when he wasn’t working.

It is said that on winter nights he would take to his study and pour out his thoughts on science fiction into song. After completing a collection he showed his director friend the work who insisted it was put into production.

Whose lips are they?

If you have ever wondered whose body and head belonged to the floating red lips that sing the opening credits, then wonder no more.

Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the movie is the person behind the pout. Her excitement to play the role of Magenta was solely down to the fact that she got to sing ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’ for the opening of the performance.

This part that went to O’Brien in the movie, much to Patricia’s dispair.

The lips that Tim Curry is reclined across in many of the movie’s marketing belong to model Lorelei Shark.

Don’t Blow the Budget

The Rocky Horror movie was allocated a considerably large budget by 20TH Century Fox, with the proviso that the director casts current rock stars and icons in leading roles. Declining the offer and keeping the original cast the budget and time

By declining the offer and keeping the original cast, the budget and time constraints were significantly reduced. The director believes this largely contributed to the films amazing cult following.

Coveted role

Rolling Stones legendary frontman, Mick Jagger, desperately wanted to play the lead role of Frank -N -Furter. Being the showman and performer that he is, it might not have been such a bad thing.

Another famous face associated with the movie

The role of Eddie and Dr Scott were always played by the same people on stage. Meatloaf was incredibly disappointed when he could not play Dr Scott in the movie, insisting he did a brilliant Dr Scott.

In one stage production, from the theatre archives of Australia in 1988, we can see the talents of Russel Crowe skillfully taking on both roles of Dr Scott and Eddie and doing them justice, of course. Watch here.

Master of Make – up

How is it that Tim Curry sort of pulls of that amazing full face of theatrical make-up?

 

The same person who created David Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane album cover look, was responsible for Frank-N-Furter’s dramatic Transylvanian appearance.

That was of course until Tim Curry mastered it himself as he felt the process took too long.

First appearance of a British acting legend

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to thank for bringing the talents of Tim Curry to the world. Rocky Horror was Curry’s feature film debut.

Since then we have seen him in Stephen King horror movie IT, alongside the muppets in Muppet Treasure Island, playing the villain in the musical Annie and a comedic role in Home Alone Two.

Props brought to midnight screenings

Here’s a list of props that people attending midnight showings of Rocky Horror bring along;

– Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding)
– Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene)
– Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain)
– Flashlights or cigarette lighters
– Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times)
– Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you)
– Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll)
– Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti)
– Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner)
– Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience)
– Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”)
– Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”)

Sick, sick Susan

Susan Sarandon had the flu which turned into pneumonia during filming.

Little surprise really after weeks of working in a leaky building with no heating and being flung into a pool clad in only fishnets and a basque.

An early symbol of gay rights

During the lab scene, the red triangle on Frank-N-Furters medical gown is a symbol that Nazi’s used to mark gay men in concentration camps.

The red triangle today symbolises gay rights, giving the film early links to the LGBTQ movements.

Definition of man

The actor that played Frank-n-Furter’s man creation Rocky had actually never acted and was an underwear model. He had no lines and his singing parts were dubbed. The man was literally used to be the symbol of the perfect man.

Auctioned hot pants

The actor who played Rocky sold his teeny tiny golden shorts at auction for just $1000.

Rocky Horror II, III and IV?

Richard O’Brien penned a second film to follow up the success of the first. The plot of Rocky Horror Shows His Heels, was to centre around Janet’s pregnancy with the baby of either, Rocky, Brad or Frank-N-Furter. The movie was never put into production due to original cast members

Another sequel written by O’Brien was titled Revenge of the Old Queen. Set on planet Transexual the plot focuses on the revenge of Frank-N Furter’s Mother, the Old Queen even Janet makes an appearance with her son, supposedly the son of Frank-N-Furter. This script has never been published and most likely never will be because of cast restrictions.

Finally, O’Brien wrote a full script for a play that he hoped would become a hit movie in the style of Rocky Horror. As yet untitled, the script used elements of Rocky Horror Shows His Heels and Revenge of the Old Queen and was destined for greatness. Sadly the entire project failed due to developmental issues.

Book your stay at Arthouse Hotel

Slip into your very own Time Warp and stay with us in our Rocky Horror Picture Show themed suite. The room can sleep up to six guests under a pair of glistneing red lips. The rest of the room is decadently dark and delightfully decorated to reflect the glamour of the greatest cult movie of our time.

Call us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, our helpful team will let you know all about your suite and what’s happening in Liverpool during your stay.

 

The Ultimate Movie Themed Hotel in Liverpool

Fan of the flicks or mad for movies? If the answer is yes then a visit to Signature Living’s newest hotel is definitely on the cards. Book to stay at Arthouse hotel and spend the night in style in a spectacular movie themed hotel room, each inspired by the most iconic classic movies of our time.

But what is it that makes Arthouse hotel so different from any other accommodation in Liverpool?

Opening Scene: Take #1

Arthouse hotel - reception

As soon as you enter Arthouse hotel reception you will find yourself skipping down the Yellow Brick Road with the Emerald city in the distance and the whole Wizard of Oz Crew.

Join Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion on a journey into the unknown and amazing.

You know you’ve arrived in Liverpool’s most spectacular movie themed hotel as soon as you take that first step into Arthouse. You and your party are in for the Liverpool hotel break of a lifetime.

Mad for musicals

Our first floor is perfect for those of us who have enjoyed singing along to musicals since childhood.

Your favourite song filled classic is bound to be among the selection of top musical movies we’ve used to theme our luxury group hotel rooms. In fact, five of the room titles made in into the top 10 musical movies of all time.

Hop on board the mother ship and “slip into a time warp” on route to planet transsexual in the Rocky Horror room.

Or recreate “those summer nights” and pack your leather biker jacket and skin-tight trousers to enjoy a night in our Grease room.

Wherever your theatrical tastes take you Arthouse hotel have the perfect musical movie themed room for you to enjoy during a visit to Liverpool.

The Horrors of Hitchcock

Suspicion - Hitchcock floor- Arthouse hotel

One of the world’s greatest movie directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, was well known for providing the shock factor in his psychologically thrilling movies.

As he once said;

there is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation”.

Well, sorry Alfred but we brought a big “bang” to our Hitchcock themed rooms that far exceeds any anticipation.

The enchanting mystery of thrilling movie Spellbound has been brought to life in the Spellbound room. Decadently dark décor and a ceiling embellished with quotes from the movie make for an interesting hotel visit.

Or instead, enjoy a stay in our Suspicion suite where you and your guests will be sleeping under the intent gaze of leading lady Joan Fontaine and her opposite playboy Carry Grant.

Each of the Hitchcock themed rooms has been uniquely styled to reflect the most exhilarating films from Hitchcock’s vast catalogue of creations.

If you are a true movie buff, then a stay on the Hitchcock floor at Arthouse hotel will be a thrilling way to stay in Liverpool.

What about the Warhol floor?

Marilyn Monroe room - Arthouse hotel

Andy Warhol was the father of popular culture. He masterfully mixed the art world with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising and was a talented artist who became a figurehead in many avenues of artistic expression.

His coined phrase “15 Minutes of Fame” has been adapted into a stunning hotel room on our Warhol floor.

Warhol himself famously prophesied that;

“everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes.

Perhaps his most commercially successful movie directed was Chelsea Girls. A theme we chose to apply to our very own luxury hotel room. The Chelsea Girl’s movie depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea hotel in New York.

Cast members of the film included some of those dubbed Warhol’s Superstars. These individuals formed a select social circle of Warhol’s muses and served as his inspiration. Musicians, models actresses and socialites, who were basically the cool kids of the 60’s and 70’s.

If you wish that you could be like the cool kids, then why not chose the Warhol floor for your stay at Arthouse hotel.

Let’s go to the movies

Arthouse hotel

Book to stay in Arthouse hotel today and enjoy Liverpool accommodation that has been uniquely styled around the most classic and iconic films of our time.

Arthouse hotel has it’s very own funky bar and pizzeria that is popular among residents of Liverpool as well as visitors. The space has a fun movie theme all of its own, screening snippets of slivers screen masterpieces on the walls. For a little playfulness, guests can even enjoy a game of PING-PONG along with their Charlie Chapgin cocktails.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.

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