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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Disney reproduced this exterior on their Hollywood blvd. at DHS.

Universal also copied this exterior at Universal Singapore.

I remember this makes an appearance in Christopher Guest’s “The Big Picture”.

Always loved this building. Wish it had remained as it was meant to be seen.

Love that storefront. I used to love it when my family would drive past it.

The original sign is part of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) collection. It's currently not on display, but shows up from time to time. My photo: 10-07-16. The neon IS illuminated; it's just, ah, dark.

I used to LOVE seeing that place. Makes me very sad.

I think that glass like surface, used often in Art Deco bars is called Vitrolite ? Please correct me if I am wrong ?

Recall it when it was a camera shop...at least it wasn't torn down.

Too bad the didn't keep the name. "The Darkroom" is a great name for a bar or restaurant.

Always looked for that building when driving down Wilshire.

Love the fact that store front still looks almost the same!!! 🙂

I thought they tore this building down. Did not see it on my last visit. I miss home!

At least it's still there... mostly...

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Wow

Say hi to Lisa Golden for me!

Memories, memories! 🎶 🎤

Yeh 👍

Still open since 1957, 24 hours, I'd love to see this chunk of history!

I saw him a few years ago in Chicago -- he puts on a great show!

What a great show! Very nice steel guitar

Why no pics of Mike? so odd.

It all comes around in circles. Elton John became a sensation at the Troubadour in 1970. Tonight he sold out Staples.

Did he sing "Joanne"?

OMG. So many memories of the Troubadour.

Want to know how the show is...I'm going on Saturday in No. Cal. But how cool it would be to see him at the Troubadour. How many people I saw there. I like the smaller venues. Saw Janis Ian a few years ago in a small 199 seat club. Was VERY GOOD. High hopes for seeing Michael Nesmith too.

keep us posted with more pix!

Love all the Monkees. My dream came true a few years ago for me to see the Monkees in concert. Although Michael was not there, Davy was. He died later that year. Being born in the era of the Monkees and growing up watching reruns, I was thrilled to attend the 45th anniversary tour. I was NOT disappointed!

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Anyone remember the Groovy KHJ truck seen around town in the late 1960s?

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Anyone remember the Groovy KHJ truck seen around town in the late 1960s? 

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A few of us know (and a lucky few saw 👀) they re-created it recently for the upcoming Tarantino film

I never missed an episode of Groovy...lol...I watched it as a young teen (mostly for the bikini contests at Venice Beach).:-)

👍😍....Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , Summer 2019 !

What ever happened to Kam Nelson?

Gary Campbell

Nope, but my little bro and I listened to KHJ all the time! I can still hear the jingle in my head!

Bruce Blackstone

I remember Boss City, Hollywood a go go, 9th street west and especially Groovy. I think Groovy was hosted by Michael Blodgett (sp).

I do. That was psychedelic right?? You need a color picture. I saw it at Santa Monica beach. I think they were filming the Real Don Steele beach party! Cool truck!

Belinda Pulci

“Boss Hit bound!”

I remember KHJ. I do remember seeing the Partridge Family bus, though!

The real Don Steel. I remember khj.

Sam Riddle!

The Boss Jocks Were The Best On Radio

Kam

93 KHlay los angeleees

I remember “Boss City” and seeing the “Bossmobile” at Santa Monica pier, summer ‘68 or ‘69!

Groovy!

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This image personifies Ms. Ballard's appearance at the time with her mischievous grin and a twinkle in her eyes

Beautiful rendering of a talented woman. I wish her kind was still around and active in comedy today.

The Mothers In Law

love her eyes.what a voice,and remember how she could take over a comedy skit,and have you rolling on the floor,then give you a sedate face like what are you laughing about! There weren't many who could do what she did.so creative RIP beautiful lady. 😍😔

My Mom was good friends with Kaye in the late 40’s when they were playing the same clubs and venues. And Mom told me a few years before she passed away that she was actually WITH Kaye when she got her call to “go to Hollywood”! 😊❤️

Good-bye Kaye, and thanks for all the wonderful performances. You were one of a kind.

Always thought she was a pretty lady and looking at her makes you smile. She had that presence.

Incredible painting of her!

I remember her from Disney's The Shaggy D.A.

R.I.P.. Miss Ballard . You were a wonderful talent.

Saw Kate Ballard when she opened for Tom Jones in '68 in Vegas. RIP funny lady.

R.I.P Kaye Ballard

Awesome. I loved them bith.

Thank you!

Geoffrey Dwyer, Monte Bramer

Beautiful. 💗😢

RIP Ms. Ballard

RIP Kaye

Beautiful 😘😘

Dee Ann Johnston

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