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.”

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The Mamas and Papas shopping at De Voss clothing store in Sunset Plaza in 1966My fave song of one of the most fab groups of all time! NOTE: Any derogatory comments about Ms Cass Elliot's personal appearance will be removed and the user... ... See MoreSee Less

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Great way to start off the week, thanks!

Was by Cass' old house in the canyon this weekend.

My favorite shoppe in sixties

Good one Allison Thank you

Great song......we LOVE The Mamas and the Papas.

It looked more like they trashed the store rather than were shopping. 😂 I love the Jaguar and Porsche though! I wonder where they are today?

Little has changed, except for the turn over of the shops. A treasure. Hopefully on the National Historic Monument list.

Love this footage.

My first big girl album - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. only album i had before this was Songs of The Flintstones.

Why is it 1966 seems like yesterday to me? Must be remembering a much better time !!! Wish I could tell what the motorcycle was, can't get a clear look... Triumph, BSA, AJS?

At around 2:44 or so they sing “I saw her” then start again. I always thought this was a mistake that they left in the mix. Any thoughts?

He Alison! Did you see that Donna Loren responded to the other post

Cass was one of the greatest ever.

While at UCLA way back when, I had a job delivering for a Westwood liquor store up into the hills. The Phillips home on Bel Air Rd. was a frequent stop and I tired myself out schlepping cases of everything from car to door. These folks knew how to party, or at least how to consume. But they were no different than anyone else really, just had a bigger bar tab in the end.

Sunset strip in its prime. Awesome.

.....the cars... Wish Cass was still making music down here for us...

Darin Ford

Love anything about the Mamas and the Papas!

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Anyone know who this girl is? She’s modeling in front of “Cyrano’s” restaurant in Sunset Plaza in 1967. A trendy eatery for the young thespian crowd. Steve McQueen had his own favorite table, Warren Oats held court at the bar, and Roger Moore preferred the saloon style patio.

That’s De Voss behind her, a hip bohemian clothing store popular with the Mamas & Papas and Goldie Hawn (who used to run in barefoot).

I’ve just come into a bunch of slides from this photo session and would love to find out who the groovy girl is!
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Anyone know who this girl is? She’s modeling in front of “Cyrano’s” restaurant in Sunset Plaza in 1967. A trendy eatery for the young thespian crowd. Steve McQueen had his own favorite table, Warren Oats held court at the bar, and Roger Moore preferred the saloon style patio.

That’s De Voss behind her, a hip bohemian clothing store popular with the Mamas & Papas and Goldie Hawn (who used to run in barefoot). 

I’ve just come into a bunch of slides from this photo session and would love to find out who the groovy girl is!

 

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Here’s another photo of the interior

My first thought was Anjanette Comer, but Donna Loren is a definite possibility, too.

I remember as a young kid going into shops like that. They had a great style and felt a bit mysterious.... as I waited around in my stroller.

Is that where the Mamas & Papas filmed I saw her again ?

Alison, a fascinating photo, an interesting mystery woman, and hence, another remarkable post from Vintage Los Angeles.

Their veal piccata was the best

I ran it through Google photo recognition, and her name is "Mona Chrome" or something. (jk, all it comes up with is "monochrome").

She reminds me of Victoria Principal.

Groovy Girl ! Who's Groovy ? You are Baby, You Are ...

I work there at Cyrano in 1970 I was a waiter the owner was Arthur

Wonder if the old modeling agencies still around...Ford, Wilhelmina, etc., that may keep old head shots?

I had a regular table too. Don't know the groovy chick though.

Tina Delgado? She is, after all ALIVE!

If this helps you recognize her, here you go!

She reminds me of some extra on Beverly Hill illness or Laugh in

If only the hair was brunette, I would swear she looks just like Cher!!

Let's see the whole shoot please!!

I feel like we should know who she is.

I always had their London Broil and I bought many dresses in DeVoss. Loved them both. Thank you for the interesting post.

I used to eat there with my dad all the time. It was so cozy.

She looks like a young Marlo Thomas, with a blond wig on. I love Vintage Los Angeles. Brings back a lot of memories❤️

That was once owned by my godfather Johnny Oldrate . I think it’s Linda Shoup actress and model worked with Jerry in Hook line and sinker best friends with my sister and Goldie hawn in the late 1960’s

I remember the railing was a deep brown and the back parking lot was always filled. Food was excellent but the head-turning was the big draw! There was a fantastic shoe shop on the other side that one could not resist! 1967 was a fabulous year on the Strip! (Maybe Rodney would remember who she is?)

@Alison dear, This young ‘actress’ in a wig is no Colleen Corby but doing a fine interpretation! When I made a commercial for Simplicity Patterns, “ If I can Sew, You can Sew!” Colleen and I were mistaken for each other and in one case I saw in a mag ad my head on her body!! ❤️DL

I'm afraid I can't tell you who this beautiful girl is, but these slides give a fantastic look at a long gone Sunset Strip.

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