Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, documentarian, columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800,000 and growing. Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Her deep knowledge of Hollywood history and personal acquaintances throughout the industry has resulted in features about Alison on ABC’s Eye on L.A., The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post, CurbedLA, The New York Times, and the nationally syndicated show, The Insider. In December of 2015, she also landed on the cover of West Hollywood Magazine. 2017 was a banner year for Alison as she co-produced and stared in a film about the life of Jayne Mansfield (called “Mansfield ’66/’67”) which was featured in 17 film festivals worldwide. Alison also had the honor of hosting an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner. On top of all that, she was also featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies. 2019 is continuing right where 2018 left off with Alison busy as ever. Alison landed a new gig as an “on air” contributor on the Emmy nominated So Cal Scene on SPECTRUM1 in Los Angeles.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

For Alison’s recent article in Curbed LA on Quentin Tarantino’s transformation of Hollywood Boulevard for his latest movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, click here.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles (VLA)— an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century, as well as its history as the center of the entertainment industry and community. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Vintage Los Angeles has over 325,000 followers on Facebook, and has become a go-to site for commentary and conversation on the entertainment industry and Hollywood history.

Before starting VLA, Alison Martino produced television shows for Bravo, TV Land, A&E, VH1, Lifetime and Ryan Seacrest Productions. She spent five years at E! Entertainment Television producing the classic cult series Mysteries & Scandals, a Hollywood Babylon-esque show which focused on the flip side of fame. For her TV productions and live events, Alison has interviewed dozens of movie star legends and pop culture icons including Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smothers Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard.”

The entertainment industry is taking note of the enormous audience Alison has built for VLA and her other social media outlets. To gain access to what Alison has built, Lionsgate engaged her to promote La La Land on the Vintage Los Angeles page, including red-carpet interviews at the film’s premiere. For the 2013 film Gangster Squad, Alison provided Warner Bros. her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia. She generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks. In 2017, Martino was invited to attend the TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. Her coverage was so extensive it led her to partner with the network for future programs, events and movie releases. Alison’s extensive collection of personal memorabilia even caught the eye of Oliver Stone back in 1991 for his movie The Doors, where she supplied many of her rare relics and artifacts for the production.


 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Alison teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes Company to create the web series VLA TV. She is also media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and locals since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting its 52 years in business.

Martino is an advocate for historic preservation of the architecture that makes Los Angeles and its surrounding communities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica unique, and for the buildings that are iconic representations of the entertainment industry. She worked to bring back the original Chasen’s Chili, helped save vintage signs on Sunset Strip and to preserve the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant, and advocated removal of vendor carts that blocked public access to the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood — a crusade that was spotlighted in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.


Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, documentarian, columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800,000 and growing. Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Her deep knowledge of Hollywood history and personal acquaintances throughout the industry has resulted in features about Alison on ABC’s Eye on L.A., The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post, CurbedLA, The New York Times, and the nationally syndicated show, The Insider. In December of 2015, she also landed on the cover of West Hollywood Magazine. 2017 was a busy year for Alison as she co-produced and stared in a film about the life of Jayne Mansfield (called “Mansfield ’66/’67”) which was featured in 17 film festivals worldwide. Alison also had the honor of hosting an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner. On top of all that, she was also featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies. 2019 is continuing right where 2018 left off with Alison busy as ever. Alison landed a new gig as an “on air” contributor on the Emmy nominated So Cal Scene on SPECTRUM1 in Los Angeles.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

For Alison’s recent article in Curbed LA on Quentin Tarantino’s transformation of Hollywood Boulevard for his latest movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, click here.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles (VLA)— an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century, as well as its history as the center of the entertainment industry and community. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Vintage Los Angeles has over 325,000 followers on Facebook, and has become a go-to site for commentary and conversation on the entertainment industry and Hollywood history.

Before starting VLA, Alison Martino produced television shows for Bravo, TV Land, A&E, VH1, Lifetime and Ryan Seacrest Productions. She spent five years at E! Entertainment Television producing the classic cult series Mysteries & Scandals, a Hollywood Babylon-esque show which focused on the flip side of fame. For her TV productions and live events, Alison has interviewed dozens of movie star legends and pop culture icons including Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smothers Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard.”

The entertainment industry is taking note of the enormous audience Alison has built for VLA and her other social media outlets. To gain access to what Alison has built, Lionsgate engaged her to promote La La Land on the Vintage Los Angeles page, including red-carpet interviews at the film’s premiere. For the 2013 film Gangster Squad, Alison provided Warner Bros. her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia. She generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks. In 2017, Martino was invited to attend the TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. Her coverage was so extensive it led her to partner with the network for future programs, events and movie releases. Alison’s extensive collection of personal memorabilia even caught the eye of Oliver Stone back in 1991 for his movie The Doors, where she supplied many of her rare relics and artifacts for the production.

Alison Martino

Alison teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes Company to create the web series VLA TV. She is also media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and locals since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting its 52 years in business.

Martino is an advocate for historic preservation of the architecture that makes Los Angeles and its surrounding communities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica unique, and for the buildings that are iconic representations of the entertainment industry. She worked to bring back the original Chasen’s Chili, helped save vintage signs on Sunset Strip and to preserve the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant, and advocated removal of vendor carts that blocked public access to the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood — a crusade that was spotlighted in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles 
Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love,” Alison said. “It is a daily celebration and a historical resource that draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine.”

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

4 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Craziest question ever. Does anybody have a stuffed Rocky and Bullwinkle I can borrow for tonight’s city Council meeting?

I wish the Dudley Do Right Emporium was still open!
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Or even some Bullwinkle Antler ears?

Back in 1976 I met Jane foray on Newport Beach walking at sunrise along the surf. She smiled my way and we met and she did her rocky the squirel to me and I laughed and told her what a great job ! Then she did a Natasha and I looked at this very pretty lady in a white gauze dress and had to ask her what she did for a living. She told me her career in hollywood was voice overs. Wow what that bullwinkle image did to light up the memory for me!

No, but I have a few Quisp items that unfortunately won't help your present day cause. Good luck!

I heard the statue was being reinstalled on Sunset-great news!

Sadly "No" 🙁 But I wish had the box set of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" show DVD 🙂

My favourite post today on all of social media.

"... No doubt about it, I need a bigger hat! "

Sorry - stuffed Bullwinkle lives here on the East Coast.

I didn’t know that they made a doll of him!

Back about 1972, the Dudley Do Right Emporium had a contest, winner would receive their weight in jelly beans or rot gut liquor.

I do! But I am in Oregon and they are in a cargo trailer in Arizona.

Too bad you can't get this one...

Call, they are likely open.

Universal city walk or maybe Warner Bros back lot gifts?

No but if I did I would loan it to for sure. ❤️

Oh, sure, “for tonight’s City Council meeting” - You just want to have Rocky & Bullwinkle in your home for a few days! I see what’s going on here. . .

I have the redone ones from Dreamworks. I wanted June Foray to sign Rocky for me and she said she would but the next Animation party I brought it with a sharpie but she wasn’t there. Sadly she passed shortly after! What a wonderful lady she was!

The Dudley Do-Right Emporium. Hallowed ground at the center of the universe.

I have a stuffed Rocky but I’m on the east coast!

I looked over the agenda for the meeting tonight. It looks as if WEHO is in favor of the Holloway triangle site for the installation.

David Pruiksma Do you think you can help out my dear friend Alison? I will treat you to a martini 🍸

I have a stuffed Beanie and Cecil (and they talk), but alas no Rocky or Bullwinkle.

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6 hours ago

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The historic ROCKY & BULLWINKLE statue might be returning to the Sunset Strip! FINALLY!

As a passionate community advocate for the sculpture this is the perfect time to reach out to our City Council (regardless if you live in West Hollywood or Frostbite Falls!) to share your support for the installation of the artwork on Sunset Blvd. The item includes the approval of the site at Sunset and Holloway Drive as well as approval to proceed with the construction of the sculpture’s permanent pedestal.

With all this massive change and development currently happening on the Strip, it would be sooooooo nice to see their moose & squirrel faces again! Sunset strip needs their whimsical presence back.

VINTAGE LOS ANGELES has been tracking the story since the statue disappeared in 2013. The original structure had been significantly damaged and altered over the past 56 years, but it’s been lovingly restored back to its original glory and now they’re built to last !

Please voice your comments (hopefully you’re all in favor of this) to the clerks office: mcrowder@weho.org

There is a city Council meeting open to the public tonight starting at 6:30 located at 625 N San Vicente, but the meeting covers many issues and this agenda night not be addressed until 8 or 9pm. That’s why I suggest emailing your comments to mcrowder@weho.org

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Sorry I can't be there tonight but I should be home wearing this shirt. BTW - Thank you for doing all this!!

As I said earlier I feel it needs to be where the Jay ward studio was that I remember on Sunset...It is one of the icons of that street and a reminder of the world of Jay ward....., It is as much a part of the history of that city(almost called it a dam town) But truly it needs a permanent pedestal and a dedication plaque for this sculpture and the man behind it

Yaaay! Looking forward to seeing it!

Growing up with Rocky and Bullwinkle had a lot to do with my sense of humor.

Please return it to the public! A LANDMARK on The Strip and in animation!

I knew the grandson of the guy who owned Bullwinkle Motors, where the name came from.

Although I no longer live in L.A./Hollywood, it sickens me every time I come back to visit and see what they are doing to the Strip and elsewhere in town. I'm all for new Hollywood stuff, but most tourist (myself included) want to see the old Hollywood much more. Sorry if people disagree, but this town is more Casablanca than The Fast and The Furious. Always has and always will.

Growing up in the valley, it was the first thing i looked for after turning right off laurel canyon!

Please bring this back that I may once again worship and pay homage at the shrine of Jay Ward.

Moose & Squrriel E-mail Sent! Did I tell you today, that you Rock!

I was there when they first unveiled it many years ago. Fun party 😁

Who doesn't love Rocky and Bullwinkle?❤❤❤

I sent an email!!!❤️

Rocky and Bullwinkle are superstars. Very subversive for their time. Hope this happens.

Maybe Disney will make a recreation of The Strip...

Yes please return it.

Eric Dugdale

Herb Melnick

Yeah ! Hollywood US News by Russell & Cissy

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11 hours ago

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Speaking of big cars featured in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, here I am in front of my parents’ massive fuel guzzling, Cadillac Sedan DeVille leased from CASA DE CADILLAC in 1972. The color was called Zodiac Blue! Or was it Ice Blue Firemist? 🤔 ... See MoreSee Less

Speaking of big cars featured in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, here I am in front of my parents’ massive fuel guzzling, Cadillac Sedan DeVille leased from CASA DE CADILLAC in 1972. The color was called Zodiac Blue! Or was it Ice Blue Firemist? 🤔

 

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So many color choices. Here’s a 1972 color chart. I’m obsessed with some of the color names. Like Sumatra Green + and Cognac Metallic!

Here's how I was brought home from the hospital in Hollywood after being born. Dad liked his Caddys...

Sweet pic. As massive as those cars were they were easy to drive and being able to see all four corners not especially difficult to parallel park. Parking spaces were also larger then as well.

LOVE IT! Cadillac sure was a beautiful car in those days! Great color too! SdV was especially good looking that year. Cadillacs were still fairly good looking until a few years back. I had a 76 Fleetwood Brougham, 78 Sedan de Ville and a 92 Eldorado. Your parents SdV had a 472 ci V8 which was enlarged to 500ci for the Eldorado in those years and eventually made standard across the board which was what I had in my 76 Fleetwood. What a mighty engine. It would idle down the freeway at 85 all day. Love the photo!

Truly was, “ the good “ol days!”

I had a black ‘73 Fleetwood Brougham that was used as a family car for a funeral home. Blacked-out windows. 1000w stereo. Five gallons to the mile.

Little known fact: The 1972 Cadillac came with 2 miniature tugboats to assist in parking that 🚣‍♂️ boat

Awesome pic.

I'll say one thing Allison, your Daddy had class!!!!!!

Interesting color and I bet it was comfortable too!

My mom had a ‘70 Coupe DeVille from that same dealership. I think it was in a cream color. It was the size of a house! Lol

That’s the same car my 1st husband drove when we got married. It was a beast but man was it fun 😜😜😜

Land Yacht!

My dad had two 78 Caddys. They were wonderfully comfortable but I'm glad I never needed to parallel park one of them!

You are dreaming of ...

car and your outfit is on point!

Did Cannon drive one of those cars? He had a remote Mobil Phone unit in his car.

Beautiful, I had one of my prosthetic hands made from the driver fender of a 72 Cadillac deville

Zodiac blue in 1972? Bad marketing. That would be like having a Green River Green in the 90s

My dad had two huge cadillacs growing up! The best! I used to sit in the front in the middle where you would rest your elbo. No seatbelt..... imagine?! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

The bigger the better. No center console. All seat.

Probably Ice Blue. Slightly lighter color than the Zodiac Blue

You are so tiny next to that land yacht! I had a Caddy that color. It was like driving your living room! Huge!

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