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. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

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. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

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.”

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Vintage Los Angeles

Long before straightening irons ...

Long before straightening irons

 

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I still remember the smell of steam and wet hair.

Hahaha. Brings me back. I never did this, because it was hopeless. But I do remember sitting in a bathtub filled with hot water to shrink my jeans so they fit like a glove; then lovingly pulling out many threads to create a fringe at the bottom. Oh, and the hand-embroidered flower -- embroidered by moi-meme. Loved those jeans, wore them right across Europe. I miss that girl.

My mom let me do this in 1967! Didn’t work. But juice cans and clips did!

I did that!! Rolling on empty Orange Juice cans worked the best.

Didn't Cher inspire a lot of young women to do this, because they wanted hair like her? Anyway, I just used my flat iron (for hair) to iron my shirt this morning. 🤣

Oh yes. Then I found soup can rollers and invented a trick much better than this. One soup can on top of my head. And I could sleep too 😂

🤣😂One of my brother's girlfriends taught 👩🏽‍🔬 me this technique 🧚‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧞‍♀️where the hair is placed between clean sheets of newspaper, then ironed. It worked, but i made my hair smell like a printing press. 🤦🏽‍♀️

Been there done that so many times in the 60's and without hair damage surprising enough. Wanted Cher hair😍

Did this all the time! It was tricky not to get a crease at the top of your head… Tried to get as close to your scalp as possible!

I ironed my own hair... burned my fingertips a few times. The trick was to press down on the iron and pull your hair out as you pressed...the same way handheld hair irons do now. Not a good idea to do your bangs btw, if you didn't burn your forehead, then your bangs were horizontal.

how about soaking in the tub in your jeans to shrink them? or soaking your hose or panty hose in tea to make them darker?

I remember believing the old wives tale about eating bread crust because I wanted my stick straight hair to be curly. Grass is greener, oh well😀

I didn't have to. My hair is straight as a stick.

I SURE DID IN THE LATE 60s---70s WOW WHAT A TRIP

setting my hair on Juice Cans as rollers and ironing and even straightening made me closer to a "surfer girl" than my natural curly hair..........lol

Oh child my mother wrapped mine around my head with oj can on top

My sister and I did this, only we put a thin cotton towel over our hair first. It worked well.

I think her left side got burned off🤣

It frightens me to say I remember this.

there were orange juice cans

My mom did this, and used Coke cans as curlers!

...LOL, YES WE DID THIS IN THE 60'S!...OXOXOX

I was a young teen at the time and was cursed with curly hair. Oh the efforts to look like the cool kids! 🤣

I remember hearing about ironing one's hair and I was shocked when I found out that they used a clothes iron.

OMG I remember that!!! Yikes!

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Stan Lee on the set of “The Electric Company” 🕷 ...

Stan Lee on the set of “The Electric Company” 🕷

 

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He looks like Marc Maron in GLOW here.

Best Spidey theme song ever!

Stan "the man" Lee was how I first saw his name credited back in 1963 inside cover of Spiderman # 4.

Great show!

Loved Stan Lee and the early Electric company.

Chris Mack Gallipoli

Loren Bates

Andy Diamond

Adam Astley

Stan Lee looked like a 70s porn star in the 70s.

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2 days ago

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THE ROCK STORE survived the fire in Topanga Canyon!Miraculously, we are still here. Thanks to our firefighters, responders and Sheriff John for your efforts. ...

THE ROCK STORE survived the fire in Topanga Canyon!

 

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I used to ride my motorcycle there a lot. Pam and I met Jay Leno there. He was on an early 1900's Italian bike.

Step One: get your location straight.

The Rock Store is in Malibu, not Topanga. Happy it made it. Hoping for no more destruction

oh my gosh, as a teen I lived in Topanga canyon, I learned how to drive there, I didn't know it was on fire again, while we ( my mom and I) lived there, there was a bad fire, we refused to evacuate in fear they wouldn't save our house, so we used garden hoses to help save our house, the fires got as close as 20 feet from our house but we kept it at bay with the help of the firefighters, this was back in the 80's

How did The Sagebrush Cantina fare?

I love Topanga... just reminds me of the hippy era.

I didn't think it was in Topanga. Nothing has burned in Topanga Canyon. The fire isn't in Topanga Canyon at all.

Old stomping grounds with the hogs!

Wow. So much destruction all around them. Amazing!

That’s great to here. I thought about the store during that day

Good work 1st responders, you rock!

My dad just sold the house he grew up in on Old Topanga. It was a sad day but it was time. I will miss grandma visits in the canyon. So many memories.

Cam never see this post/story enough!🤙

I would really like to know if the animals at Zen Zoo, in Malibu, were saved. I saw a post by Randy Neurt the owner that they were cut off and he received insulin for his dog by water. Nothing more was reported.

I saw a picture of a structure in flames, and the caption stated it was The Rock Store. A similer building, perhaps?

Every Sunday on my ride on Mulholland hwy!

I read that "The Old Place" also survived. ...Again! I figured it would be toast after hearing the Peter Strauss Ranch burned across the street. Many crazy nights in there back in the 70's...

Been going there since the early 80's. Thank God!!

Topanga Canyon didn't have a fire . Rock Store is in Cornell. Topanga is 18 mile away . Not sure why VLA thinks it's the same place 🤔

Glad to hear it, love that place and the memories.

Hope everyone's doing ok over there

So the third little pig was right.

Did Linda s ranch across the street make it?

I have so many memories riding and driving up to that place!

Thanks for keeping us informed.

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