Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre. One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.
With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.
At Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is why we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.
To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.
The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.
Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper
In 1961, Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.
Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before
Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.
Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th
She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss the film, but rather food, travel and wine.
Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren | Source: Wikicommons
The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score
Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.
The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines
They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.
The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted
Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.
Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds
The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.
Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real
Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.
The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey
During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.
The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets
Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.
Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming
They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away. It gave the scene more of a manic feel.
Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother
Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.
The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren
She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up!
The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots
On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.
One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot
The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on screen. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.
Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week
She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.
Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes
Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.
Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over
When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.
The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience
The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.
Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son
In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.
It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time
In a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.
The Birds Themed Hotel Room
If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.
Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent hotel room dedicated to The Birds.
The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.
Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife. There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel, especially if you love classic movies of the silver screen.
At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic female movie stars and leading ladies of Hollywood.
From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.
Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz, Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.
Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?
Our Favourite Female Movie Stars
One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.
Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.
Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.
Source: By Eva Rinaldi – Julie Andrews, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27615720
But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess, making her one of our favourite female movie stars.
Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.
Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.
Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.
She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!
The Sound of Music Room
Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.
Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.
This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nation’s imagination.
The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.
This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double whirlpool bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.
You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.
Mary Poppins Room
Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.
The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.
Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.
The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double whirlpool bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.
An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.
Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe was the lead star in numerous blockbuster films.
But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.
A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.
Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.
Source Wikicommons – Milton H. Greene
She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.
She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.
By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood female movie stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.
In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.
During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.
Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.
To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.
Marilyn Diptych Room
Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.
Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.
Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.
Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.
Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.
Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.
The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.
Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.
One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.
A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.
She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
Source: Paramount-photo by Bud Fraker – eBayfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37849515
When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.
Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.
She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.
As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.
My Fair Lady Room
An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.
Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.
It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.
However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.
Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.
Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical and celebrates one of the greatest female movie stars. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.
Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.
She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.
Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.
However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.
Source: Wikicommons – MGM studio
Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.
Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.
Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.
In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.
From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image, which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.
Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.
Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest female movie stars with one of the most unique voices of our time.
Wizard of Oz Room
The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.
An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.
Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double whirlpool bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.
Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.
If you love singing along to classic musicals, check out Mulholland Singing Diner. A unique American style diner with waiters who sing all your favourite tunes, come along and belt out some of your favourite hits from the movies.
If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best female movie stars of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film.
Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood.
Based on the 1980 classic pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash-hit sensation taking the stage by storm. The phenomenal production follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through highs and lows, romances, heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.
The show explores the bittersweet moments and uplifting triumphs that confront many young people today, including identity, prejudice, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse, pride and perseverance.
A scene from Fame The Musical Tour | Credit: Tristram Kenton | Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre
This wonderful production features a star-studded cast of Keith Jack from Any Dream Will Do and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Me Tender, Chicago and Mama I Want to Sing star Mica Paris, and Jorgie Porter of Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice.
The show also features the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars.
Since it’s opening show on Broadway in 1988, Fame The Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs and continues to be one of the best loved musicals across the world. Fame The Musical will indeed live forever!
A Musical Movie-themed Hotel
After you’ve enjoyed the smash-hit Fame The Musical, it’s time to head back to your luxurious movie-themed hotel room at Arthouse.
Bringing the classics back to life, this unique hotel offers a quirky and unforgettable hotel experience in the heart of Liverpool.
Each plush room is themed to an individual movie, with tributes to some of the best musicals of all time within our walls.
From Dirty Dancing to The Wizard of Oz; our themed rooms are uniquely designed to take your breath away.
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Do you love musicals, enjoy singing along to your favourite tunes at any given moment and adore tasty food too? Come along to Mulholland Singing Diner, the ultimate musical experience in the heart of Liverpool.
Join us and our dazzling singing waiters as they serve up tasty American food and million dollar shakes, alongside a spectacular soundtrack of hit musical numbers, 80s power ballads and much more. The UK’s first singing diner, Mulholland captures the sparkling atmosphere of Broadway.
The Dazzling Entertainment
At Mulholland Singing Diner, our waiters are far from ordinary. Liverpool is renowned for being the home of some of the best musical talents around, that’s why it comes as no surprise that 16 of Liverpool’s best singers are ready to perform for you at our diner!
Each of our talented servers were handpicked to showcase their talent at this unique new musical experience. All have with either performed in musical theatre shows and stage productions, or are currently studying at various performing arts colleges across Liverpool including LIPA, Liverpool Theatre School, RARE, John Moore’s University, Van Netten school of performing arts and MAD.
Lucky guests can expect to hear a range of tunes, from famous movie soundtracks, to 80s power ballads, Disney hits and magical musical numbers. Plus, if you’re a die hard Disney fan, come along to our Disney Sundays and enjoy all your favourite hits sung live!
The Million Dollar Shakes
From Naked Milkshakes, to Tipsy Milkshakes and Cake Milkshakes, it’s fair to say Mulholland is the number one destination for shake lovers! Whether you love a boozy tipple or one bursting with sweetness and flavour, we have the perfect, refreshing drink for you.
Try our Mint Choc Chip, made up of Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, vanilla vodka, crushed Oreos, milk and cream mixed together with hundreds and thousands and whipped cream Maltesers. Or, if you’ve got a major sweet tooth, tuck into one of our spectacular Cake Shakes. Choose from either chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milkshake, topped with a chocolate or strawberry doughnut, drenched in a cream and caramel sauce and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands.
Of course, it’s not all about the million dollar milkshakes, we also have an extensive cocktail list. From classic mixes like the Cosmo, Daiquiri, Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea, to our house specials, we know how to shake up a storm. Why not indulge in the Butterscotch Martini, featuring Butterscotch Schnapps, Baileys and fresh milk shaken into a chilled martini glass with a yummy hundreds and thousands chocolate rim.
The Classic American Food
If all those cocktails and shakes has got you feeling peckish, look no further than the delicious Mulholland food menu. Inspired by the great American diners across the pond, our tasty menu includes some the classic dishes that make everyone’s mouths water.
From scrumptious pizzas, to loaded hot dogs, stacked nachos and stuffed wraps, we really know how to treat you. And of course, Mulholland has music running through its foundations, so our food menu celebrates that!
Each dish on our menu is named after one of our favourite songs, musicals, films, artists or characters, but with a fun foodie twist. There’s the Bare Necessities, a delicious Bockwurst hotdog topped with ketchup, French’s American mustard and crispy onions. Or our Somewhere Over the Rainbow nachos featuring multicoloured nachos with cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
If you really fancy a pizza, why not grab a slice of our Spice Girls pizza? You can go for the Baby Slice which is our four cheese, or the Scary Slice, topped with chorizo, pastrami and sweet chilli peppers. Posh Spice is a tasty combination of goats’ cheese, caramelised red onions, spinach and chilli flakes, or try steak, pepperoni, red peppers and BBQ sauce if you love Sporty Spice. Last but certainly not least, Ginger Slice features all thing red, pepperoni, peppers, tomatoes and red Leicester cheese!
It wouldn’t be a trip to a classic American diner without a huge dessert to end the meal, and at Mulholland we offer some of the most mouth-watering in Liverpool. Choose from the Hopelessly Devoted to Goo, homemade brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Or maybe, Do you Waffle Build a Snowman? A yummy mix of waffles served with banana, cinnamon sugar, caramel sauce and ice cream.
As you can see, at Mulholland Singing Diner we really know how to put on a show. From truly dazzling entertainment from our marvellous singing waiters, to the indulgent million dollar shakes and heavenly food menu, you’re sure to find something to tingle your taste buds.
If you’re in the mood to sing and be sang to, book your table for Mulholland Singing Diner. Give us a call on 0151 305 7900 or email us at email@example.com.
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As the days get shorter, darkness descends earlier, the leaves change colour and the pumpkin emoji is in full force, Halloween lovers can begin to rejoice. That’s right, the spookiest time of the year is upon us and to celebrate we’ve put together a guide to some of the scariest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool.
From terrifying immersive screenings, to spine-tingling experiences with live music and lots of frights, these ghoulish films and gruesome TV shows are sure to have you jumping out of your seat. And don’t forget to book a stay in Liverpool’s movie-themed hotel for the ultimate Halloween celebration.
Watch Psycho with a Live Orchestra
When: 31 October
Where: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
If you’re looking for a Halloween cinema event that is sure to give you a fright, look no further than the Philharmonic’s screening of Psycho. The sinister motel, that strange young man, the sheer terror that lurks behind the shower curtain and the stabbing violins of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho have become the soundtrack to all our nightmares. Watch this classic Hitchcock Halloween horror film accompanied by a live orchestra that will really bring out Bernard Herrmann’s chilling music. Why not carry on the fun and book a stay in one of our Hitchcock rooms? From Pyscho, to The Birds, Suspicion and Stage Fright, there’s plenty of spooky themed rooms to enjoy.
Night at the Museum with Donnie Darko
When: 26 October
Where: British Music Experience
Enjoy one of the all-time great cult classics, Donnie Darko, in the British Music Experience after hours for the ultimate spooky experience. During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie sleepwalks out of his house one night and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness – or will the world really end? This chilling and mysterious film is the perfect celebration of Halloween, with an impressive soundtrack from Echo and the Bunnymen and Tears for Fears, prepare for your imagination to run away with you.
Get Scary with a Screening of The Ring
When: 31 October
Where: Camp and Furnace
Prepare for one of the creepiest ASBO Halloween cinema events yet, as Camp and Furnace screen the terrifying Ring. Expect popcorn wars, scary themed cocktails, a spooky photo booth, confetti canons and dangerously scary surprises. You and your mates are sure to be hiding behind each other as you watch that fateful videotape that leads to the inevitable phone call. Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be some ghoulish prizes for the best dressed.
Enjoy the Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: 31 October
This Halloween, independent cinema FACT are screening the all time classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A film that tells the story of all-American couple Janet and Brad, who find themselves facing a night of frights and frolics after their car breaks down outside an old dark house. Meet the spooky Dr Frank N. Furter and all manner of kinky Transylvanians in this cult musical comedy. And don’t forget, if you really want to make the most of Halloween, why not book a stay in our spooky Rocky Horror Picture Show themed room, just a stones throw from FACT.
Have a Fright at the Palm House
When: 29 – 31 October
Where: Palm House, Sefton Park
This Halloween the Palm House is giving us all a treat by screening a number of terrifyingly eerie films. From the family friendly Hocus Pocus, to Mommie Dearest, Gremlins and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this stunning venue has pulled out all the stops this year. But if you really want to scare yourself, don’t miss the screenings of the terrifying Dracula and Wes Craven’s slasher, Nightmare on Elm Street.
Discover the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors
When: 24 October
Where: 81 Renshaw
Next on our list of the best Halloween cinema events is more of a nostalgic throwback to TV royalty than a film. Head to 81 Renshaw Street where they’ll be taking their pick of the best Treehouse of Horror specials and enjoy a haunted Simpsons themed Halloween. They will also be offering plenty of wicked food and drink, and the bar will also be hosting a quiz where some lucky winners could walk away with great Simpsons goodies.
Enter the Secret Halloween Cinema
When: 31 October
Where: Underground Liverpool
Last but certainly not least on our guide to the very best and spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool is a mysterious secret experience full of haunting frights and surprises. Hosted in the Underground, this chilling event features a unique 4D cinema experience. There will also be freaky fairground games, themed entertainment and a whole host of actors and scarers that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
An Enchanting Stay at Arthouse
Have a truly unforgettable Halloween and book a stay at Liverpool’s most unique movie-themed hotel. We love to celebrate the wonderful, weird and simply spooky which means Halloween is certainly one of our favourite holidays. Located in the heart of Liverpool’s buzzing nightlife scene on Seel Street, this spooky hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a scary night of horror films.
From our spectacular Hitchcock themed floor that features a Psycho room, The Birds and many more, to the extravagant Rocky Horror Picture Show room, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect film for you and your group.
If you’re not a Hitchcock fan, check out the eerie Phantom of the Opera suite and the chilling Chicago room, Arthouse Hotel offers horror lovers the perfect fright. You’ll find everything you could wish for right within your room.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the spookiest Halloween cinema events in Liverpool. To enquire further or to book your stay with Arthouse Hotel, you can contact us on 0151 305 7900 today. Our friendly team will be able to find the ideal room for you and your group for the ultimate Halloween overnight stay.
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One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.
But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.
Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.
We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.
See how many you knew already!
Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.
The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.
The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.
It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.
The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.
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Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.
Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.
Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.
The Guardian Angel
Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.
An Art Teacher
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Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.
Held Back a Few Years?
None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.
Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.
The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.
Beauty School Dropout
This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.
The Dance Scenes
All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.
Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.
Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.
The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.
Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.
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It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.
Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.
Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.
Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.
Arguments and Illness
There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”
John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.
A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.
The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
Grease is the Word
Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.
Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.
Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.
In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.
‘You’re The One That I Want’
The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.
Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.
Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.
The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.
The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”
John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.
It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.
Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.
The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.
Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.
In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.
Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.
Cameos and Almost Camoes
When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.
The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.
Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.
The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.
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Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.
Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.
The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.
Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.
The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.
Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.
Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.
Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.
The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.
Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.
Sequels and The Musical
Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.
There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.
Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.
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Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.
Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind.
They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.
There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.
The Grease Room At The Arthouse
At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.
Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.
Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double whirlpool bath.
Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.
We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.
There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.
That terrifying ping of your phone and the utter dread of finding out what you looked like all night.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of everything that always happens on a girls’ night out. If you’re planning the next big night on the town with your special girl gang, why not book a stay in Arthouse Hotel, in the heart of Liverpool city centre and really make the most of your time together.
Our movie-themed hotel is perfect for groups of friends planning a fun night away together. Each of our luxurious rooms have been designed with comfort and group stays in mind, sleeping up to 12 people!
Check out our fabulous Here Come the Girls offer, this includes a 2 night stay in a luxurious suite, delicious breakfast each morning, party ready makeover including hair or make up and a tasty 2-course meal at a Signature Living restaurant one evening.
If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with our friendly team today.
With the Champions League Final taking over nearly every venue in the centre of Liverpool on Saturday 26th May, Arthouse Hotel are offering the perfect alternative for those looking to escape the football.
Instead of sitting through 90 minutes of sport, grab a group of friends and head to Arthouse for an evening of showstopping, sensual entertainment that is sure to get your pulse racing.
We’ve teamed up with a talented all male group who promise to bring something extra special to your evening’s activities.
Million Dollar Men at Arthouse
When: Saturday 26th May
You and the ladies can catch a glimpse of some amazing male talent as they undress to impress, Magic Mike style.
A show that’s really worth a million dollars, our handsome hunks will perform some raunchy routines and provide some truly showstopping entertainment.
Each member has honed his stripping skills and sculpted his body to provide a night of playful pleasure for groups of lovely ladies in Liverpool.
Your eyes will be glued to the stage for the whole evening as you and the girls indulge in an evening of naughtiness. Our perfectly formed all male act are ready and waiting to put on their unique performance in front of you; their live audience.
Expect to see a range of jaw dropping skills, from break dancing, to chair based acrobatics, fire breathing and lots of dancing inspired by the smash hit movie.
Forget the football and begin a special girls night in Liverpool by booking your seat to our magnificent Million Dollar Men Show at Arthouse Hotel.
We’re sure you’ve never seen a show quite like this one. Our muscly male group are ready and waiting to put on their unforgettable act, just for you and the ladies.
The fun doesn’t have to stop after the Million Dollar Men show, this amazing evening of frivolity will be followed by a DJ playing all the best chart toppers from the 90s and 00s.
Enjoy Some Delicious Cocktails
A night out with the girls wouldn’t be complete without a tasty cocktail or two and at Arthouse, we specialise in mixing some of the best tipples in the city.
From signature cocktails, to our take on the traditional classics, our talented team of mixologist will happily shake up your favourite drinks.
Whether you love a tangy margarita, a creamy pina colada, a sweet cosmopolitan or a rich espresso martini, our bar staff have got you covered during your girls night.
The party never has to end at our fabulous Million Dollar Men Show at Arthouse Hotel.
Why Not Make a Night of It?
Avoid all the football crowds and book a stay in Arthouse Hotel with your best girls.
Perfect accommodation for large groups looking for a place to rest their heads, or the perfect party destination so the celebrations never have to stop.
Our movie themed suites sleep up to 10 people, in stunning surroundings that you won’t find anywhere else.
Located in the centre of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district a stay at Arthouse Hotel couldn’t be more perfect.
Call us on 0151 601 8801 to book your place for this unforgettable show and have the ultimate girls night in Liverpool.
This Friday is officially National Pizza Day and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to Mulholland, Liverpool’s favourite pizza parlour.
Our amazing restaurant serves up a brilliant range of flavours that are sure to have mouths watering, from classics to some wacky twists on the traditional.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of our unique topping combinations and start planning your pizza-packed Friday.
Meatball and Spaghetti
One of the most popular pizzas on our menu, the Meatball and Spaghetti merges two Italian favourites to create a tasty pasta-pizza combination.
Enjoy perfectly cooked meatballs on a base of delicious pasta, creamy cheese sauce and a tomato base, sprinkled with basil.
It’s the ideal pizza to indulge in this National Pizza Day.
If you’d prefer something a little more simple, why not go for our Margherita?
Made from a classic base with a rich tomato sauce, lots of cheese and a good helping of black pepper and basil, you won’t be disappointed.
Chilli, Jalapeno, Spicy Beef, Cajun Chicken and Tabasco
Looking for a pizza with a spice explosion? Look no further than our Chill, Jalapeno, Spicy Beef, Cajun Chicken and Tabasco pizza.
Loaded with flavour and hot sauce, this appetising main dish is perfect for chilli lovers.
To cool your mouth down, try it with an ice cold bottled beer and really make the most of National Pizza Day.
Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper
One of the veggies, our Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper is a fresh and flavoursome pizza that is always a crowd-pleaser.
A delicious mix of Mediterranean toppings, mixed with traditional Italian flavours and a good helping of cheesy goodness, this pizza pie is the ideal treat.
If you’ve still got room for more …
Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizza
If you’re still not done stuffing your face with pizza, we also offer an amazing dessert pizza.
Yes, that’s right.
You can enjoy our stuffed marshmallows and chunks of dark and milk chocolate on top of a sweet pizza base.
A mouthwatering option that is sure to make your day.
National Pizza Day at Mulholland
Really make the most of National Pizza Day this year with a visit to Mulholland.
Set within the Arthouse Hotel, but with a whole identity of its own, this quirky venue transports visitors into a vintage Hollywood bar experience.
An American themed establishment, Mulholland is a distinctive bar and restaurant serving delicious food from brunch to pizza. Plus, a wide range of tasty drinks and cocktails all expertly mixed by talented mixologists.
Named after the street and road in the eastern Santa Monico Mountains of Southern California, Mulholland’s unique logo represents the star of Hollywood and the wheat used to brew beer.
The famous road has featured in numerous movies, songs and novels, making it the perfect name for a trendy bar that celebrates Hollywood and its culture.
Indulge in some of the most delicious pizzas in Liverpool this National Pizza Day.
To book a table, get in touch with our friendly team today and celebrate in style.
Beat those New Year blues by checking out some of the best events taking place in Liverpool in January 2018.
From live stadium shows to one of the most epic games of bingo, this month is packed full of fun things to do.
It’s time to start planning for the New Year!
Murder on the Orient Express Film Showing
When: Thursday 4th January
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The Philharmonic Hall are showing the brilliant new film, Murder on the Orient Express, to celebrate the adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s classics.
The iconic 1934 detective mystery has rocketed to the top of the film charts, receiving rave reviews and praise for the all-star cast.
Join Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Johnny Depp as Poirot tries to figure out who killed a passenger on a train stranded by the snow.
The Jersey Boys
When: Wednesday 10th January – Saturday 20th January
Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre
The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, the Jersey Boys, is officially touring the UK and they’re coming to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre this January.
This hugely popular play has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
A true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks, the Jersey Boys follows their journey to inventing a new unique sound of music and selling 100 million records worldwide.
Featuring legendary hits including Beggin’, December 1963, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more, Jersey Boys is a must see event in Liverpool in January.
The Late Wake Club: David Bowie
When: Saturday 13th January
Where: Camp and Furnace
Celebrating the life and times of one of the most influential icons in the music industry, the Late Wake Club are putting on a night of David Bowie appreciation this January.
Taking place in Camp and Furnace in the Baltic Triangle, this event will feature every iconic Bowie hit, his influences, influencers and collaborators from their resident DJ.
Get ready to become Bowie-fied in the makeover station, just choose your era and transform into the Starman himself.
Like with any wake there is of course the complimentary free finger food buffet and cup of tea.
Celebrating Sgt Pepper Live
When: Saturday 13th January
Where: Liverpool Echo Arena
Next in our list of events in Liverpool in January is a celebration of the Fab Four.
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the nation’s premier Beatles group, The Bootleg Beatles, are teaming up to perform the entirety of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to celebrate its half century.
Orchestrated by Nigel Osborne and hosted by the legendary Liverpool poet Roger McGough, this special concert is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed ‘the number one greatest album of all time’, complete with full-blown symphonic backing.
Incorporating many other hits from the heady days of 1967, including ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’, don’t miss this highlight of 2018.
Liverpool Lives Tour
When: Monday 15th January and Monday 29th January
Where: Museum of Liverpool
This January, the Museum of Liverpool are featuring a special exhibition celebrating the most influential people of Liverpool.
Starring those who made unprecedented positive changes to the city throughout the years. It’s an impressive view of the pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs who made our city what it is today.
You will be shown round the exhibition by one of the museum’s hosts, free of charge.
Bongo’s Bingo featuring the Vengaboys
When: Tuesday 23rd January
Where: Camp and Furnace
The ever popular and infamous Bongo’s Bingo is back this January and this time they’re bringing pop legends The Vengaboys with them!
Get ready for eyes down and a night of impromptu raves, dance offs, hands in the air anthem singing and prizes so bad they’re good, it’s bingo like you’ve never known it before.
As always there are incredible prizes up for grabs, amazing music and even some surprises guests!
Without a doubt the craziest game of bingo you’ll ever play and one of the most amazing events in Liverpool in January.
Secret Psychedelic Party
When: Friday 26th January
Last but not least on our list of events in Liverpool in January is also one of the most secretive.
A mysterious and trippy experience is coming to Liverpool, with the venue yet to be announced.
They will be opening the doors to a never before used abandoned space and recreating an atmosphere similar to the illegal underground parties of the 90’s.
Expect a blend of House music, to garage, Disco and beyond, plus psychedelic lighting and fully immersive psychedelic decor.
The location of the event will be sent to ticket holders on the day!
Stay at Arthouse this January
If you’ll be visiting Liverpool this January or you’re planning on attending one of these fantastic events, why not enjoy an overnight stay at Arthouse?
Renowned as one of the city’s top group accommodation hotels, our vast rooms can sleep groups of friends and family without compromising on style or space.
With dazzling themed rooms, Arthouse is the perfect hotel to start your night out or bring the party back with you!
You’ll find Liverpool’s best loved nightclubs, bars and restaurants just around the corner, so you won’t have to worry about transport.
To enquire further about staying at Arthouse Hotel, you can give our team a call today on 0151 601 8801.