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

Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles 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.


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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15 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

"You give loyalty, you'll get it back. You give love, you'll get it back."

Happy Birthday to Tommy Lasorda of The Los Angeles Dodgers!
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You give loyalty, youll get it back. You give love, youll get it back. 

Happy Birthday to Tommy Lasorda of The Los Angeles Dodgers!

 

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I was just takiri my husband about watching the Dodgers at the stadium in these days (also major showtime laker days). What a treat.

Agreed. However, this works best AFTER the relationship begins (smile)! BTW...Happy Birthday Tom Lasorda!

Happy Birthday Tom. Dodgers 1st place National League West.

Go to youtube and search "Lasorda, Bevacqua" for a good laugh.

I got food poisoning from onion rings in his Marina Del Rey resturant, I don’t blame him though.

Happy Birthday my friend!

I got his autograph one day when he came into our office 😊⚾️

Happy Birthday! My brother Richard Volpe, will always remember meeting you! Not being a baseball fan, he recognized you as The Slim-Fast guy!

Prob sipped wine with every dinner to make it to 91 (not a bad thing) . Happy B-Day, #2

Happy, Happy, Tommy!!!

A Beatle fan, it sounds like.

Happy Birthday Tommy!

I own his book! Happy birthday Tommy

Great manager. Great park.

Happy birthday, Mr. Dodgers!

My dad's favorite Dodger!

91 years young! 😀👏🏻😎❤️

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, Skip!

Joel Reavis

Phil Fountain

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If you haven’t already, look into the Robert Kennedy Community Schools which now sits on this site. The Ambassador ballroom - The Cocoanut Grove - (where RFK gave his celebration speech before being gunned down in the kitchen) is now a library. The murals on each end are fantastic.

I use to work Across the street and occasionally had lunch at the ambassador during the early to mid 80's - pretty impressive then and this Film just depresses me - though I appreciate how much work and dedication she put into this . I use to have lunch at the brown derby and remember when they pulled that down too - utterly depressing - replaced it with an ugly strip mall

I know I am not the only one to know I was born in the wrong decade. Thank you for taking me back-that was a fascinating view!!

Very Nice Presentation! My first thought when I saw the Ambassador around 1996? Why it was SOO far from the Street! You had to take an Uber from the Street to get there!

Thank you for sharing these memories. I sang with our high school acapella choir in the 60's there for a radio program. I also got a peek at Nat King Cole preforming there.

Amazing video! Thanks for sharing it! I used to work at the Normandie Wilshire pharmacy after school back in '75 and later at Laykin et Cie inside I. Magnin! So many wonderful memories walking around the area and the visitors and celebrities that stayed at the Ambassador hotel right there! They don't build them like this anymore with the beautiful fountains and Spanish tile!

That was the first hotel to stay at in California. I remember watching tv the nite Bobby was shot while living in Texas.

Thank you, Thank you, For sharing this!!! I’ve always been fascinated and obsessed with this place. I would have my parents drive by it when I was a kid. This place and the Ravenswood were two of my favorites( I would later live in the Ravenswood) I’ve always felt a very strong connection for this place, even now when I drive by and see what is left of the driveway entrance , I feel a pull.

I remember that day..I was 10 years old.

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing this.

Great video! Loved it!!!

Great video. 🙂

Prom, 1978

Amazing!

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17 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

"One-Adam-12, One-Adam-12"

Adam-12 debuted 50 years ago today
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One-Adam-12, One-Adam-12

Adam-12 debuted 50 years ago today

 

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I got their autographs at a car show in the 70's!

I had a HUGE crush on Kent McCord. Still do!

Love 💘 Adam 12! Wish it would come back on 📺 T.V. !!

The police force LA deserved, not the misogynistic racist laden bunch of thugs they got. Don't like that comment, do a little research about how bad the LAPD was for decades.

I have the First 26 episodes on 2 double-sided DVD's. Guests include Cloris Leachman, Karen Black, and Harry Dean Stanton. Disc 1

I was the unnamed third cop on Adam 12. On my bike. Solving crimes in the neighborhood and stuff.

Liked the show so much, I had to buy the car! So fun to drive and a show reminder to all....would love meet McCord some day with my car.

This is the real thing my Dad working the Rose Parade

...THEY WERE CERTAINLY EASY ON THE EYES...OXOXOX

Great memories watching this and "Emergency."

“415 fight group, with chains and knives, 1 Adam-12, handle code 3”

Filmed in the area I grew up. (Playa Del Rey)

Martin Milner was such a fixture in San Diego in his later years. He is buried at Eternal Hills in Oceanside.

How fast time giws by! Incredible. My sister and I always watched this show. We thought the guys were very handsome. We were teenagers then. That will tell you how old I am.♥️♥️♥️

I DVR Adam 12 and Emergency. Great little side-trips down Memory Lane. I used to watch them drive up and down Lankershim and occasionally get a glimpse of the dealership where my Mom worked. And there are so many other places I recognize.

I've been watching the show in Hulu. And I realized the more things change, the more they stay the same. 🙂

My favorite show as a kid. Always dug the freak out music test was playing at every call to a hippie party they went to.

One Adam 12, see the man.... The only episode I really remember is the one where the pram rolls down the hill into Echo Park Lake with the mom screaming "My niño!" And Malloy dives in and saves the day.

Funny that Martin Milner got tired of driving that Corvette around on Route 66, TO DRIVE THAT cop Car around Los Angeles. .

LAPD had a screening of the pilot of Adam 12 at the Police Academy in the spring of 1968 for high school seniors who were interested in a career in law enforcement.

This show, and NYPD Blue, is why I pursued a career in law enforcement after retiring from the military. I own all 7 seasons on DVD.

Dispatch: 1 Adam 12, response: 1 Adam 12, dispatch: 1 Adam 12 possible 459 see the woman at. Filmed at the LAPD Rampart station.

I was working at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center as a Nurse Aide...word got out that One Adam 12 was shooting a scene using our heliport. .most of us watched from 3 East windows ..got short glimpses watching the activity..took all bloody day for less than a minute or 2 on air time! But it was still exciting! !!

It was my FAV show of all (With WILD, WILD, WEST a close second!) I recall seeing some very handsome people guest star in the series....ahhh yes, like this fellow in...S5 E3 "Airdrop"...he played a drug smuggler! 😀 <3 And here's another shot of his daughter in what could be a "lost episode!" :O

Except I was always frustrated for them when they ask for ‘Code 7’ and dispatch had just one more call for them before they could go to lunch!!! Lol

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17 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Farewell summerFollow: "The Doors Portal" www.facebook.com/TheDoorsOpenUtopia twitter.com/TheDoorsPortal ...

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I wonder which beach that was and that place where he jumps off the cliff. Does anyone know?

Summer is Endless where ever there is surf - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg4FvOi-N18

I hope he is in a good place!

One of the great "End Of Summer" tunes along with this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSaTzME5DrA

One of my favorite Doors songs!

Sucks. I love summer.

Waiting For The Sun...great album!

🙁

Hasta la vista, Verano!

So very SoCal. I suddenly feel a lot older.

"Where will we be...?" asks the Shaman.

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