Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine and Los Angeles magazine, Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, columnist for “Los Angeles Magazine” and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800 thousand and growing. She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, Ryan 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.  Alison has interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

In the winter of 2016, Alison was contacted by Lionsgate to promote “La La Land” on her Vintage Los Angeles page which is currently reaching 278 thousand active followers. In the 2013 film “Gangster Squad”, Alison provided Warner Bros her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, “All Things Must Pass” directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 52 years in business.

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.


What's Happening with Vintage Los AngelesAlison Martino 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant. Just recently Alison cleaned up the historic Chinese Theater forecourt by having the tacky vender carts. That crusade landed in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine.  If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scalia’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine and Los Angeles magazine, Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, columnist for “Los Angeles Magazine” and lifelong resident of the city. Alison’s current social media reach is over 800 thousand and growing. She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, Ryan 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.  Alison has interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

In the winter of 2016, Alison was contacted by Lionsgate to promote “La La Land” on her Vintage Los Angeles page which is currently reaching 278 thousand active followers. In the 2013 film “Gangster Squad”, Alison provided Warner Bros her own vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the Tower Records documentary, “All Things Must Pass” directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is media director for Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 52 years in business.

Alison Martino

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.

Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant. Just recently Alison cleaned up the historic Chinese Theater forecourt by having the tacky vender carts. That crusade landed 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. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine.  If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scalia’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.
What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

Be sure to stay up on everything Los Angeles by following Alison on Facebook and Instagram!


VLA was invited to the premiere of La La Land this evening and had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Gosling. I asked him what his favorite vintage Los Angeles destination was...he answered, Watts Towers.

Here is a fascinating look back on the early days of Watts Towers.
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A color documentary which examines the creation of the Watts Towers and the Italian immigrant and visionary Sabato Rodia who realized them. This film contain...

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Vintage Los AngelesIs it me or does that music seem sound like an early version of the twilight zone?3 hours ago   ·  2
Jennifer JaehrlingTotally sounds twilight zone but it kind of goes with the towers, they are strange structures and it seems he was a man in his own world. I enjoyed this little flick and the additional info on these towers which seem so out of place.3 hours ago
Michael XavierHe didn't say it was his favorite vintage destination. He was put on the spot, clearly.1 hour ago
Shelley MitchellThis is incredible.. I never knew about the history of the towers before!2 hours ago
Jerry NielsenI remember seeing this movie, in Jr. High School, 1969.2 hours ago
Robert VelazquezI pass it everyday.. like half a mile from me3 hours ago

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VLA just interviewed Ryan Gosling on the red carpet at the premiere of La La Land. He's as nice as they come. We discussed all the iconic Los Angeles locations in the film and I asked him if this was the first time he ever rode Angels Flight Railway...
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Vintage Los AngelesI love his answer about Watts Towers. My kind a guy.3 hours ago   ·  3
Lorene FaithThank you for bringing this to us! Looking forward to more!!!5 hours ago   ·  3
VS LevinNice job Alison!! Good for you.. wooo hooo!6 hours ago   ·  3
Kerry GodfreyNice!6 hours ago   ·  1
Tammy RyanGreat piece!!!6 hours ago   ·  1
Michael AndoliniWowwww! Way To Go Alison'👍 + VLA! !☆6 hours ago   ·  2
Kathy Croninget out of town! ;)6 hours ago   ·  1
Dianne McGeeYes, he seems like a lovely guy. Although the pr woman behind him, moving him along the press line, needs to rearrange her features. She's looking at the cameras and press as if they are a nuisance and a pain-not what a pr person should be doing!🙄3 hours ago
Todd WaldenCan't wait to see some great acting : Edward Norton is back. Ryan's getting better.55 minutes ago
Gina SiricoYay!!!!4 hours ago   ·  1
Rocky Buzzinione of the great things about working on movies and television shows in LA…and shooting at great locations… is going places that you'd not have a chance to get into.2 hours ago
Sal GomezNicely done Alison3 hours ago   ·  1
'Everything is Somewhere in Time'Great that he filmed in LA and he appreciates the Hollywood of past. #VLA!! Great guy. HOT!! :)4 hours ago   ·  1
Ellen D'EliaVery professional4 hours ago   ·  1
Dianne McGeeSo looking forward to seeing this movie.5 hours ago   ·  1
Alisa VasquezLynnsey 💜8 minutes ago

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