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

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Mary Solorzano! “Matman”!!

That was fun. I knew all but the last 2.

How great!

Your site is awesome. I am a rare los angeles native and I find it enjoyable every day.

Cool seeing the Green Hornet and Kato (aka Bruce Lee) scene.

Those were great . Some were very surprising.

Warren Brown, Charles Felts

Everything is just fine, loyal citizen, you may resume your daily duties.

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Vintage special effects...

Sammy Davis Jr. making a window appearance on Batman. Crimefighting allows for no breaks - even for Batman and Robin.

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Sammy Davis Jr. making a window appearance on Batman. Crimefighting allows for no breaks - even for Batman and Robin. 

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When climbing buildings the cape clung to the body 😂 😂

Looks like a rehearsal - they're not in full costume...

As a kid I was always wondering who was holding the celebrity guests up by their knees or may be they were levitating ? 🤣🤣

The supercut of these cameos on YouTube make you feel bad for the guests. That looks like an uncomfortable spot

So realistic! 🤓

I just discovered recently that Sammy was the one singing the Beretta theme song.

Best special effect, like, ever! 😀

Oh thanks for ruining it for me. I always thought they were really climbing a building.

It's Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne!

Classic matte effects in the background.

Was he standing on a stool looking out the window?

Damn funny bit! Genius writers.

Do you have any candy ?

Psychadelic Muk Love this! 😀

😱😱😱😱

Oh so that’s how it was done! Cool lol Ray DeVires

Patrick McKanna

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Didn't he save Chanel?

He seemed immortal. 🖤🖤

The World just became a lot less glamorous. RIP Karl Lagerfeld 👗🕶📿👠👜👡👢👒💄 you were "it" personified & I will miss your inspiration dearly.

That first photo is amazing.

Thank you for all the beauty and glamour.

I would never have recognised him when he was a young man !

I still wear Lagerfeld..always very stylish. .

So sad, such an iconic man

I read, he had his sheets changed everyday nothing is better than a fresh beautiful bed, he would say....

adieux, monsieur Lagerfeld ,reposer en paix....

RIP Karl Lagerfeld...

The End..💋💘

Very sorry to hear that.

He got weird in later years

hurry to take his place !

Bela?

Legend🖤

love him💔😔

RIP

Breaks my heart. 😭

Lovely man

Susie Wald

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That time when David Horowitz had a gun to his head on a live news cast. Damn, he really held it together.

RIP #DavidHorowitzDuring KNBC’s “Channel 4 News at 4,” a man pointed what appeared to be a handgun at consumer reporter David Horowitz during a live broadcast, demanded that h...
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Oh man I forgot about that. Worked with him, nice man. RIP

I remember this. Did they ever release what was in the letter?

I remember he was one of the first reporters on the air after the 1972 Sylmar earthquake. He did his broadcast from the KNBC parking lot. He was cool then as well, but the coffee cup he was holding was shaking a bit.

He was as cool as the other side of the pillow.

Watching this reminded me of how watching the news back then was actually an enjoyable experience. Too bad we’ve Lost that.

Whoa, loved "Fight Back!" Show that dude took no shiz ! Don't let ANYBODY rip you off!

He was a professional! Went right into interview mode. Amazing.

Always liked and respected David Horowitz; I watched him when he was on a NYC station. Rest in Peace good advocate.

He is the first person to introduce me to my rights as a consumer as I watched his reports as a child. God bless him and his family.

'Tom Capra - KNBC News Director' related to Frank Capra, yes??

So sorry to hear about the passing of David Horowitz. Thank you Alison for posting this video. RIP

Damn, nobody would be that Kool today.....

I always liked David Horowitz, and I like him even better now that I am reminded of this disturbing incident and how incredibly cool headed he was. This was only 7 years after a guy walked up to John Lennon with a gun and blew him away--well done David H, rest in peace.

Loved David Horowitz. ,watched him a lot inspiring , remember that incident , condolences

I remember that!!! Was eating dinner. Thought I was having a nightmare.

My friend and former co anchor Kirstie Wilde. Back in the days before high security at media outlets.

I had moved to Nashville by then, and never heard about this! R.i.p. David Horowitz <3

Fred Roggin still there! Great share.

I always loved his segments. R.I.P., Sir.

I had never heard of this incident. Thanks for sharing. I always liked David Horowitz. So sad to hear of his passing.

I don't remember this. Incredible.

RIP David Horowitz.....he was a fighter for the common man

That’s when channel 4 news kicked ass! Look how young Fred and Fritz were?!!

I remember this and how shocking it was! Rip David Horowitz.

Stunning! Also man, Fritz and Fred have been around forever!

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