Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

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 800,000 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 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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 278,000 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.


 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Alison recently 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, 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 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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 278,000 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 Martino

Alison recently 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.”

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

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Santa's gift to mankind, Brian Wilson ...

Santas gift to mankind, Brian Wilson

 

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I hope that's Mike Love in the Santa outfit...without Mike, no lyrics to the hits....sorry folks, but Brian ain't got one solo hit without Mike.

Joe Parra - Fun fun fun with Little Saint Nick.

Brian's been naughty! But his music is so nice, Santa will forgive him.

I wonder if those are good vibrations feeling atop Santa's lap

Listening to his solo Christmas album right now. Love his music!

Brian’s ok but how about a pic of Santa with his gift to womankind, Dennis?

"The Man With All The Toys" meets "The Man With All The Hits"

From the look on his face..the "Vibrations" he's getting aren't good !

If you have nothing nice to say...say nothing At all...me

Bobby Plachno long lost father ?

Doesn't look like Brian. If it were, that would mean the guy in the red suit is his shrink.

May he live to be 100.

Brian no! That's Murry!! It's a trap!!

God Only Knows!

Brian or Carl? Hmmmm?

👍❤️

I agree... Love Brian's music so much

Chuck Rickli , know this kid ?

Quite a gift. Thanks, Santa!

Thank you Santa!

Yes i completely agree!!!!

Happy birthday Allison

With Santa Carey

Spirit! He's wishing for waves??

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Happy holidays from VLA! ...

Happy holidays from VLA!

 

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Heard your Dad yesterday on the XM Holiday Traditions channel!

Great shot! Am I correct in thinking it was taken more or less in front of the Egyptian Theatre?

To you too my dear.. thanks for a GREAT VLA year 🙂

Wow, this is a great picture, it brings back so many memories of my childhood growing up in Los Angeles!

L.A. was a wonderful place to grow up back in those days. No desire to ever return; however, my memories are glorious.

Happy Holidays to you also!! And thank you for a wonderful year of great memories and pictures! 😊🎅

Oh how I loved Pickwick! Merry merry to you all year long!

Happy Holidays to you and your Family and Friends x

Happy Holiday season to you...love this ....

Merry Christmas to Vintage L.A. and thanks for showing the history of our great city.

happy all year round,,love your stories!

Thank you, and same to you! Love all your posts.

Happy Holidays VLA! Thanks for a great year of posts!

My happy place is this page. Congrats Alison!

Look! Look! That's me waving from the Red Car! I'm shouting, " Merry Christmas Los Angeles"... 🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🌟💖🌟💖🌟

Too vanilla, I like Hollywood Boulevard today, with all her raunch 🤣

Happy Holidays Alison. Best wishes, Russell & Cissy

Great Pic and Happy Holidays Alison.

Happy Holidays to you, Allison !!

Wonderful memories! Merry Christmas everybody! 🎄🎄🎄

And to you too!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays! ❤️

Merry Christmas VLA!!!

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Happy 92nd birthday to Dick Van Dyke! ...

Happy 92nd birthday to Dick Van Dyke!

 

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Disney memories of him being the MC...Janet Alison Wright!! Great night! And your classmate's mom that turned and said to him, " I'm a mom!"..so fun...

This man is a treasure.

And he looks “marvelous” darling❤️

I still laugh every time I see him fall over that ottoman.

Lucky to have him in our lives!!!!!

Happy Birthday Dick! Hope you and Arlene are having fun tonight!! 🎁🎉🎂

The only dick pic anyone should be cool with

Happy Birthday to such a talent and a burst of positive energy. Keep dancing!!!

Happy Birthday, Sir!!! Thank you for all you have done!!!

Dancers...they live forever!!!!

What a nice man, I had the pleasure of meeting him at the snowball express years ago.

I am doing his Tai Cheng, He is so nimble and can still dance at 92.

Still kicking! He’s working on Mary Poppins 2....

What a great entertainer/man! Thanks so much for all the memories.

He is one of my all time favorite human beings!!!!!

A national treasure!

Love love him!! ♥★

Keep dancing Dick you are super!

Happy Birthday!🎂🎈🎉🎊💜🎁👑🛍🍹

I just love this man. Thank you, Bert!

Such a sweet man!

Legend !

Happy birthday and many more!

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Vincent Price and his daughter Victoria picking out a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree near Barrington Plaza in 1970. 🎄 ...

Vincent Price and his daughter Victoria picking out a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree near Barrington Plaza in 1970. 🎄

 

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It was around that time he lived next-door to my Aunt & Uncle on Angelo Drive up in Beverly Glen Park. (neighborhood across from Glen Center, not sure what it is called now)

I met Vincent Price in the early 1980s when he came to the theatre department at Indiana University. I was punk at the time (with orange hair and the typical punk clothes and makeup) We had a funny exchange where he acted like I was terrifying—such as in a horror movie. When everyone laughed, he leaned in and said, "You look great, my dear. Don't change a thing!"

I met Vincent Price at the Democrat Convention in L.A. in 1960, I was 15 and already interested in politics. I couldn't get in, but met him on the street outside....what a nice guy to spend a few minutes talking to a kid...

In 1953, when I came back from the Army, my folks had bought a house just off Benedict Canyon, just a driveway off, and below us to the right, lived Vincent Price. I exchanged pleasantries, as they say, a few times with him. A great chef and very nice man.

Wow, so cool to have read about so many people having met Vincent Price over the years. I don't have a cool story to share unfortunately but I have a couple of cool items on my wall that I can share via pics. The first being a copy of the 1940s era Vincent Price in plaster.

Ahh, the Barrington Plaza. It loomed over University High School. One day I was eating lunch with a friend, my back to the complex. Suddenly my friend exclaims, "Someone just jumped off the Barrington Plaza!" I laughed. "No way!" But he wasn't kidding.

Had the chance to meet him, Eddie Albert and their wives while escorting them during the Plaza De La Raza at Lincoln Park! Wish I had a picture!

The second item I can share is a cool framed autograph I found at an "antique sale" as they are called waaay up where I live. lol!

Oh my, she looks like him! He was very good friends for many years with my ex-husband's grandfather, who owned a gallery in Santa Barbara. This is such a great shot.

Victoria visited the Ava Gardner Museum last month. I heard that she is a wonderful speaker. She sold all of her cookbooks she had too. I wished I was able to have seen her.

We bought our first art-work from his Art Gallery that he opened for Sears (yes the store) on LaCienega; way back when they had the "Monday Evening Art Walk"

There was a 60's GMC Cortez RV parked around San Clemente for years that was alleged to have been Price's on location dressing room.

(Smile) Tree or trees? One for every major room in the house? X-tra X-mas spirit (?)...and Vinny had it, I'd say.

My son went to elementary school close to this place. I love LA! And my parents lived around here during the early 70s ❤️

I can hear Vincent Price narrating the buying a Christmas tree process ! 🌲

Watching Vincent Price on the comet Channel right now!

I had such a crush on Vincent price when I was a little girl 😅

How cool to have Vincent Price as your dad.

I lived up the street on Kiowa. His daughter looks just like him!

When did the "free dry" at the 24 hour landromat go out of style?

I worked at Barrington but years later😄

Really Vincent! That tree isn't big enough for a mouse!

Adorable. And I really miss the days of free dry at the laundromat.

Free Dry, the good old days!

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