Beverly Hills, CA- Wednesday, September 12, 2012 The Beverly Hills Hotel continued to celebrate its 100 year birthday with a special evening that included the plaque presentation naming the legendary hotel the first historic landmark in the City of Beverly Hills. The ceremony also included, a Proclamation from the Mayor’s office recognizing September 12, 2012 as “Beverly Hills Hotel Day,” the opening of the historic time capsule buried in 1993, and the planting of a new one to be opened in 2037.
Edward Mady, regional director and general manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel, was the evening's master of ceremonies with speeches by Haji Khairuddin, acting managing director of Brunei Investment Agency; Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection; Mayor Willie Brien of Beverly Hills, and a special appearance by the legendary and five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick.
There were screenings of two films, the original tribute film when they buried the 1993 time capsule and the 2012 tribute film that was created by Academy-award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman for the birthday weekend event in June to benefit the Motion Picture Television Fund.
More than 300 people in attendance enjoyed cocktails and appetizers followed by an incredible birthday cake that was a replica of The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The time capsule that was buried in 1993 was unearthed and the contents were revealed:
- Press release from the time capsule planting event
- Framed original invitation to hotel’s opening party on May 12, 1912
- Envelope from the owners of the hotel
- Napkin signed by actor Tony Curtis
- Beverly Hills City Directory and Buyers Guide
- Script of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman – and a photo of actor Richard Anderson who starred in both series
- A Vincente Minnelli’s framed “Walk of Fame” star and letter
- Charlton Heston’s documentary America the Beautiful
- The Hollywood Reporter from September 9, 1993
- Comedian Milton Berle’s cigar and a small box
Special invited guests presented items to be included in the 2012 time capsule that will be unearthed in 25 years including Robert S. Anderson, official hotel historian, great-grandson of the hotel’s original owner, and author of “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years."
Among the items that will be included in the 2012 time capsule:
- An iPad with the 2012 100 year anniversary film created by Chuck Workman; a 100-year anniversary film that recognizes the hotel’s team members; the 1993 time capsule ceremony; footage from the historic landmark designation ceremony; and a copy of The Eagles’ Hotel California CD – which features The Beverly Hills Hotel on the cover
- A letter from the owners of the hotel (Brunei Investment Agency)
- A copy of The Beverly Hills Courier from September11, 2012 featuring an article about the historic landmark event and a photo of the hotel’s team members.
- A copy of September 12, 2012 Los Angeles Times and the week of September 10th’s Hollywood Reporter
- A copy of an invitation to the ceremony and program
- A note from former United States Senator Christopher Dodd
- A note from senior executives at Dorchester Collection
- Luggage tags and a coffee mug featuring the hotel’s 100 year logo
- A copy of a current Polo Lounge menu signed by Warren Beatty
PR Consultant, The Beverly Hills Hotel
Notes to the editor:
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva.