September 13, 2017

Cincinnati to Honor Doris Day with Her Own Day and Street

The City of Cincinnati will honor their most famous and beloved hometown gal, Doris Day, with several celebrations around town.

Kicking off the festivities on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 2 pm, Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld will introduce an ordinance at City Hall to name a stretch of Walnut Street, between Sixth and Seventh in the downtown Arts District "Doris Day Way." To commemorate the occasion, Mayor John Cranley will officially proclaim a Doris Day Day. The public is welcome and may arrive as early as 1:30 pm.

In recognition of the cause closest to Doris’ heart — helping animals and the people who love them — at 7pm, the Esquire Theatre will hold a special screening of “Pillow Talk.” A portion of the ticket proceeds will help raise funds for the Doris Day Animal Foundation. 

The celebrations continue on Thursday, September 28, from 5 to 11 pm at Gorilla Cinema’s dog-friendly cinema bar, the Video Archive, with a Doris Day movie marathon and “Yappy Hour.” A portion of the proceeds will again benefit DDAF.

In a statement, Ms. Day said, “I am honored and absolutely delighted that the City of Cincinnati has proclaimed a ‘Doris Day Day’ and named a street after me. My Cincinnati roots go very deep, and my childhood holds such fond memories. I’m also very grateful that, as part of the celebration, a portion of Esquire Theatre’s September 27th screening of ‘Pillow Talk’, as well as a percentage of the Video Archive’s September 28th movie marathon and 'yappy hour' will benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation — especially at this time when the stranded, injured and displaced animals of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma need our help the most.”

DDAF director and Doris’ long-time friend, Lea Price, will represent Ms. Day with a very special message. All of the festivities are open to the public, so tell your friends, and join the celebration if you are in the area!