This year’s new Little Women movie is set to transport fans to Massachusetts, as Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy navigate their way through the romance, hardships and excitement of becoming ‘little women’.
New Little Women Movie 2019
1) Little Women Has a Dazzling Cast
The upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy and Eliza Scanlen as Beth.
Not forgetting, Academy Award-winning Meryl Streep will bring Aunt March to life on the big screen, while Timothée Chalamet will sweep fans off their feet as lovable Laurie.
2) Greta Gerwig is the Film’s Director
After seeing Greta Gerwig’s award-winning Lady Bird, we’re so excited to see what she has in store for us next. The new Little Women movie is likely to give the tale a feminist twist, as Gerwig is renowned for celebrating female characters and empowerment.
3) The Little Women Movie Trailer Is Out
The highly-anticipated trailer for the new Little Women film is out! And the acting, scenery and outfits are sure to take your breath away.
The Little Women trailer also portrays Amy in a more positive light than previous adaptations. The trailer suggests that Gerwig will explore the layers of Amy’s character and showcase her desire to succeed in a male dominated profession. And that’s something we can definitely get behind!
The new Little Women film is set to be released in the UK on 27 December 2019. And What better time of year to keep cosy in the cinema than the festive season?
So, we hope you’ve enjoyed our first look at Little Women 2019. We can’t wait to catch it on the big screen this Christmas!
Movie Themed Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie-themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Just moments from the city’s top landmarks and vibrant nightlife, guests can enjoy the best of the city right on our doorstep.
Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. So we’re celebrating the star with some magical, mysterious and memorable Marilyn Monroe facts.
Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.
But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks and charisma, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.
29 Marilyn Monroe Facts
So, to celebrate the fascinating life of the 1950s icon, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts and iconic ‘Marilyn moments’…
1) Marilyn loved to read literature
Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name
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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.
Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn”, referencing Marilyn Miller, a fellow actress who’d starred in musicals in New York. Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!
3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5
If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”
4) She married her first husband at 16
Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.
“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”
5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work
In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.
6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller
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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller. The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was using Marilyn as a creative muse.
Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:
“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”
7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws
In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.
Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of her shows for a week!
8) Monroe was definitely a ‘dog person’
Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!
9) She entertained army troops
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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”
“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”
10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio
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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.
11) She was notorious for always being late
Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to timekeeping, Marilyn’s certainly wasn’t up to scratch. The star was often known to be running late, much to the frustration of her coworkers.
12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys
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Though it is still a subject of debate, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.
One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”
13) Marilyn longed to have children
Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.
14) And she was very intelligent
Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.
15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her
One of the more bizarre Marilyn Monroe facts out there is that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape the magazine into the renowned publication it became.
16) She struggled with her weight
Though Monroe’s hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”
17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra
Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.
James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.
Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, with speculations that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.
18) She shared out her estate
Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.
19) Happy Birthday, Mr President
Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!
Of course, this performance only fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told Marilyn he would leave his family for her, and Monroe had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.
20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga
Decades before yoga became an Instagram trend, Monroe was a fan of practicing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.
21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!
Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.
In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:
“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”
22) ‘Candle in the Wind’ is about Marilyn
Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.
23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged
Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA.
24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans
One of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts features another female icon. Britney Spears, the original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!
25) The ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….
Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become a pop culture reference.
26) Mariah Carey bought Marilyn’s Piano
Mariah Carey purchased Marilyn Monroe’s baby grand piano in an auction in 1999.
27) She thought of Clark Gable as a Father
Sadly, Marilyn Monroe never knew who her father was, but grew up dreaming that Gable was her father.
When the pair became co-stars in The Misfits, she began to see her co-star as a father figure, and was heartbroken when Gable passed away.
28) Monroe Was Inspired by Abraham Lincoln
Another inspiration in Marilyn’s life was none other than Abraham Lincoln. The star read everything she could about him and wrote in her autobiography:
“He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.”
29) The Conspiracies around Marilyn Monroe
When Marilyn sadly passed away, her death was ruled a “probable suicide.” However, the deputy coroner dealing with her death was unable to obtain all of the necessary organs for toxicology tests. He was told they’d been destroyed.
This spurred on an array of conspiracies around Marilyn’s death. One theory suggests that Marilyn was murdered because she was set to reveal the details of her affairs with the Kennedy brothers. But of course, this is just a theory, and we’ll probably never know for certain.
Our Marilyn Monroe Room
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of Marilyn Monroe facts, and we’d recommend a stay in our Marilyn themed room to any fan.
With Pride coming up in July, why not get in the spirit by watching one of the best LGBT films? From BAFTA-winning Pride to Oscar nominated Brokeback Mountain, these fantastic LGBT films are perfect for celebrating with a night in!
We’re so excited for Liverpool Pride this year, and if you’re staying in the city, why not join us at Arthouse Hotel? Our eccentric movie-themed hotel offers a wide range of unique rooms, with themes including the Wizard of Oz and Grease to The Sound of Music.
1) Pride (2014)
This uplifting movie is one of our favourite LGBT films to date. The British historical comedy-drama documents the story of an unlikely alliance between gay-rights activists and striking miners in the 1980s, united by resistance towards Margaret Thatcher, the conservative press and the police. This unforgettable LGBT film holds a powerful political narrative, and celebrates the importance of LGBT allies over the years.
2) Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This iconic story of forbidden love stars the late Heath Ledger opposite Jake Gyllenhall. One of the best LGBT films and most powerful love stories of all time, Brokeback Mountain follows the complicated tale of two young men, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch-hand who meet in Wyoming in the summer of 1963. This stunning film documents their lifelong connection and forbidden romance, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
3) Carol (2015)
Set in the Christmas season of 1950s New York, Carol is without a doubt one of the best LGBT films of recent years. The story is a breathtaking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Prince of Salt. This romantic tale follows two women from different backgrounds, whose lives intertwine into an unexpected affair.
4) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Call Me By Your Name tells the story of the summer romance between seventeen-year-old Elio and graduate student Oliver. Adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name, this spectacular LGBT film will sweep you off your feet with its sun-kissed scenery and convincing performances from Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. Following the film’s success, the story is set to be continued with a sequel in the works!
5) Booksmart (2019)
Booksmart is the most recent movie on our list of the best LGBT films to watch. The coming-of-age story follows high school best friends who realize they should have worked less and had more fun. Cramming four years worth of partying into one night, the film has been hailed the female version of pop culture phenomenon Superbad. Setting it apart from the standard teen rom-com, the film focuses on a queer love story, which director Olivia Wilde described as “essential”. Wilde told Pride.com, “I wanted to tell a story about kind of the next stage. Someone who has come out, their parents are aware, their friends are aware and they’re just living life.”
Liverpool Pride is one of the biggest events of the year in the city! And Arthouse Hotel is situated in the perfect spot for catching the best of what’s on and enjoying Liverpool’s inclusive nightlife scene.
When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.
From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!
1) Clueless (1995)
This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.
2) Booksmart (2019)
One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.
3) Stand By Me (1986)
Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.
4) Grease (1978)
When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!
This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.
6) The Breakfast Club (1985)
The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
7) An Education (2009)
One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!
9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.
Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.
11) Superbad (2007)
It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!
Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!
Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments
The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.
1) “I have had some wines”
From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…
2) The OG Carpool Karaoke
Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!
3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma
A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…
“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.
4) Islands in the Stream
A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.
5) Mick’s Big TV appearance
A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.
“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”
6) Bryn Singing James Blunt
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…
7) Nessa as Father Christmas
Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.
“Oh. Oh. Oh.”
8) Smithy Being Dramatic
It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…
9) Pam Getting Caught Out
After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!
10) Smithy’s Big Entrance
Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!
11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’
The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.
12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’
One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*
13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt
A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.
14) Gavin Surprising Stacey
Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?
15) Pam Loving the Drama
Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.
To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!
A Guide to the Best Summer Movies
1) Roman Holiday (1953)
A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.
2) Jaws (1975)
Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.
3) To Catch a Thief (1955)
A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.
4) Stand By Me (1986)
A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.
5) The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.
6) Grease (1978)
It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.
Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.
We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?
9) Dirty Dancing (1987)
Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!
10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!
11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.
12) Mamma Mia (2008)
If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!
13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!
Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.
The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!
Student nights in Liverpool are known to be something else! And when it comes to planning the ultimate student night out, at Arthouse Hotel we’ve got you covered.
Student Night Liverpool
Stay at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is Liverpool’s go-to destination for a memorable stay in the city. Our movie-themed hotel is the perfect place for staying with your mates and getting ready for a night out in Liverpool in style.
Our picture-perfect rooms are ideal for getting some Insta snaps of your night, so if you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, look no further than Arthouse.
In one of our themed group rooms
Rooms at Arthouse Hotel are designed to sleep groups of guests for the ultimate group stay. You’re never too old for a sleepover with your best friend, and our rooms are perfect for just that! Our themed rooms range from Marilyn Monroe and the Grease room to Rocky Horror Show.
At Mulholland, you can enjoy a bite to eat and delicious milkshakes while our talented team of singing waiters serve your meal in style. What better venue for singing along to your favourite musical hits and ballads through the decades?
And enjoy our cocktail deals
Cocktail deals are ideal for a student night in Liverpool. And you can look forward to a fantastic range of cocktails at Mulholland. We offer an unmissable deal of 2 classic cocktails for £10 every day!
Just across the road from Arthouse Hotel, Alma de Cuba’s beer garden is a firm favourite in Liverpool for sitting back and catching some rays.
Spot celebs at historic Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba is also the place to be if you fancy spotting some celebs in Liverpool. Love Island star Georgia Steel has been known to frequent Alma, along with Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and some of the best Instagram bloggers in the UK.
Mulholland is the UK’s first singing waiter diner! Based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, the popular venue hosts Disney Sundays at the weekend, perfect for a family day out or birthday treat.
The showstopping diner has something for everyone! Certain to bring out your inner big kid, you’ll find yourself singing along at Mulholland in no time.
Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner
Bringing a sprinkle of Broadway magic to Liverpool, Mulholland Singing Diner will transport you to a whole new world! The feel-good venue will lift your spirits as you sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Disney Sundays at Mulholland
Disney Sundays bring your favourite movies to life as our talented singing waiters take centre stage. From Disney classics to the hit musicals of recent years, you can look forward to a wide range of Disney themed entertainment.
So, why not Be Our Guest this Sunday? Our fabulous waiters are known for their dazzling service guaranteed to impress. Disney Sundays are the perfect way to round off the weekend with some feel-good entertainment and childhood nostalgia.
Mulholland serves a wide range of delicious pizzas, hot dogs and sides with musical themed twists. Plus, our American inspired diner serves up unmissable million-dollar milkshakes for the ultimate treat.
A Showstopping Success
The atmosphere of Mulholland is truly one of a kind. We’ve had rave reviews since launching this autumn and have even been featured on BBC News.
“Just visited with friends and kids – would highly recommend, food lovely and tasty , kids loved it and where kept entertained, loads of space for the kids to play and dance – the staff where fab, very friendly and efficient and the singing was amazing- I have booked again for next week. It brought out the inner child in me all the fab music and songs. The kids where gutted when we left – fantastic family friendly venue.” – Melissa Mensah
“Went here for lunch for my sisters hen do and couldn’t have asked for a better time! Amazing singing and atmosphere, waiters are so nice and even came and personally sang a song to my sister! Already want to go back. Plus was incredibly cheap because we had 50% off. All the party where buzzing leaving there.” – Laura Prescott
“Booked a table here for my friends birthday, food was fab……. but the service was the highlight of the night, really lovely people in there they really do go that extra mile to cater to you. We will be back and we will be recommending this place to all our friends. Your restaurant really does stand out from the crowd, thanks for a lovely night” – Melissa Woods
Movie-Themed Stays at Arthouse Hotel
Mulholland is located on dynamic Seel Street within Liverpool’s movie-themed Arthouse Hotel. The unique party hotel is perfect for celebrating special occasions in the city. We always have a wide range of special offers to choose from, ensuring your stay is nothing short of magical!
Our Family Sing & Stay offer is particularly popular for those wanting to experience both the hotel and the diner. To enquire, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0151 601 8801.
The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.
Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.
The Best of The Greatest Showman
To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…
It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.
The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.
A Heartwarming Story
The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.
The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.
Celebrating Our Differences
Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.
Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!
The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack
The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.
The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.
Mulholland Bar & Restaurant
Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.
Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!
What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?
Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool
Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.
There’s an autumn chill in the air and that calls for plenty of cosy film nights! If you’re stuck for what to watch, we’ve compiled a go-to list of some of the best autumn movies of all time.
Arthouse Hotel is the perfect spot to bring friends together for the ultimate autumn night in. So, why not enjoy a spectacular group stay at the most unique hotel in Liverpool?
The Best Autumn Movies
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
You’ve Got Mail is without a doubt one one of the best autumn movies of all time. Witten and directed by Nora Ephron, this cosy film captures the feel-good essence of 90s nostalgia.
Find yourself immersed in the story of Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) as they exchange anonymous thoughts via dial-up internet and simultaneously cross paths on the streets of New York.
Harvesting the back-to-school season with one memorable line, Tom Hanks reads: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Arguably Nora Ephron’s most famous film, When Harry Met Sally is another autumnal gem, perfect for a lazy Sunday with a mug of hot chocolate. Get ready to be charmed by this mismatched duo as they stroll the leafy streets of Central Park to a truly charming soundtrack.
Not forgetting, Harry and Sally showcase a flawless autumn wardrobe. From cosy knitwear and roll-neck jumpers to stylish bowler hats, this iconic movie is sure to leave you with plenty of outfit ideas.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Good Will Hunting is a must-watch for your autumn movies list. Starring Matt Damon alongside the late Robin Williams, this triumphant tale won an impressive 5 awards at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Prepare for plenty of words of wisdom as inspiring therapist (Williams) attempts to treat a young genius (Damon) amidst the scenic Boston foliage.
The Harry Potter Franchise
A day of autumn movies wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of Hogwarts magic. The Harry Potter franchise is perfect for binge watching on a rainy day this October and November.
Literally showcasing the back-to-school feeling, Harry Potter has it all. From knitted jumpers and candlelit pumpkins to woodland adventures, revisiting Harry Potter is a must for this autumn.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Creating an enchanting autumn backdrop, this Disney classic invite you to the mystical town of Salem. A family favourite for the autumn season, Hocus Pocus tells the tale of the Sanderson sisters.
The 3 mischievous witches are accidentally brought back to life, and with their immortality at stake, this fun-filled adventure is sure to keep you hooked!
You can look forward to making the most of our indulgent facilities and atmospheric movie-themed rooms. Our glamorous Psycho room and weird and wonderful Rocky Horror Show room are particular favourites over the Halloween period.
So, what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear from you today to plan an unforgettable stay with us! You can reach us on 0151 601 8801.