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.

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.


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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.

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 VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, 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 Scala’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.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.


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.

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.

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 VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, 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 Scala’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.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

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The Zombies at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles in DTLA! Previously United Artists ...

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Steve MorrisDid you know that the Zombies actually broke up a year before "Time of the Season" became a US hit? They had to get the (British) band back together to capitalize it and do a US tour.5 hours ago   ·  2
Alexander Laurence2 hours ago   ·  2
Kristin CollinsThat theatre is so insanely gorgeous!6 hours ago   ·  2
Kayak CraigLove The Zombies.6 hours ago   ·  1
Brian Mitchell BrodyWhere's Rick?6 hours ago   ·  1
Joe SherwoodNice to see they kept the Neon up, isn't cheap!5 hours ago
Thomas MendykaOdessey and Oracle:)6 hours ago
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A personal story I am compelled to share...

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. This is Rodney and myself at the Pasadena Recovery Center. Of all the cast members I've worked with while producing "Celebrity Rehab", Rodney was the most kind, hardworking and respectful of them all. He loved his children deeply and worked hard to overcome demons and maintain his sobriety and sanity after the beatings and riots. A strong, honest, gentle man during the years I knew him 2006 - 2008. At the end of his story line on Sober House we took him back to the scene of the crime. It was a very powerful moment for him to relive again. But equally as powerful knowing how much he had grown since the beatings. The weight of the world was on this man's shoulder at one point. His words were simple yet so pure: Can't we all just get along?

As I look back on this day 25 years ago, I vividly remember leaving a theater on Melrose with friends. We knew something was instantly alarming. The sky was red, smelled like fire, and the streets had been evacuated. We drove up laurel Cyn and watched the madness from the Hollywood Hills off Mulholland. It was that moment we knew Los Angeles was in an extreme crisis. I never could have imagined years later I would have the pleasure of knowing and working daily with Mr. King.

Thank you for letting me share the one and only photo we have together.
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Vintage Los AngelesI know I set myself wide open here for backlash with this post. A risk I had no problem taking. But I'm letting everyone know that these personal posts are my own. They are first hand experiences that I'm sharing. Rodney was my friend. He was someone I cared for on the show and outside of it. So I'm not going to defend my friendship or this post with those who want to turn this thread into a HE DESERVED IT thread. Talk amongst yourselves if you want to have that discussion. I am not participating in it. If you want to discuss the riots and that terrifying experience, sure. That's our history. But I can't participate in RODNEY DESERVED it talk. Nobody should be beaten to pulp. And I say that in Reginald Denny's defense too of course.11 hours ago   ·  215
Vintage Los AngelesI through a VHS tape in my video machine and taped all the craziness. Remember when you could set the recorder to slow speed and get 8 hours of tape?7 hours ago   ·  25
Michael KillenVery powerful. I was living in Burbank and working in Hollywood when the riots happened. It was a painful and terrifying time for all of us. Your photo and account of Mr. King reminds us that healing and recovery are our only true choices. Here's to the amazing city and county of Los Angeles as the future unfolds in a positive direction.11 hours ago   ·  34
Jess Suterthe reason I left my LA was the rioting. Worked on Hollywood and Cahuenga11 hours ago   ·  4
Adolfo NaranjoHave you read his rap sheet? King had a history of assaulting women, yet you want​ us to know what a humbling guy he was, and a blessing to know him? I guess his victims aren't worth mentioning. "On 23 August 2012, King's autopsy results were released, stating he died of accidental drowning, and that a combination of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and PCP found in his system were contributing factors." www.famous-trials.com/lapd/576-kingarrest11 hours ago   ·  18
Sherm WhiteToo much sharing. This idiot, who refused to pull over for police and led them on a high speed chase endangering countless people on the highways to selfishly avoid his legitimate arrest, THEN refused to put his hands out to be cuffed, forcing authorities to use proven non-lethal submission techniques that gave the pathetic liberal media the opportunity to blow it up into something it wasn't, inflaming an ignorant population in Los Angeles to grab the opportunity to loot and riot. One thousand million dollars of damage ($1 Billion), and 60 people dead, because of this moron and an unethical, pathetic liberal media that ALWAYS exploits anything for ratings (money).11 hours ago   ·  16
Thomas MendykaYou have a heart of gold Alison <311 hours ago   ·  10
Reid Caulfieldwhen was the picture taken?11 hours ago
Stan D WakefieldI thought about it, you're done. Bye.11 hours ago   ·  2
Paulet SharenI was working at Sunset & Gower Studios ("Married...With Children") - as we watched the Viva Supermarket on Sunset & Western being looted & burned on TV. The studio closed at 2pm that day & ironically escaped vandalism that night.11 hours ago   ·  3
Sarah Jayne MackThank you for posting ..I only knew what the press had reported until watching that season of celebrity rehab and hearing his story and watching the restoration and reconciliation that he felt going back and reclaiming that day..it was amazing. Thank you 👍🏽11 hours ago   ·  9
LaTanya FrostWow thank you for sharing this. And being an angel in the city of Angels. 🙏🏼. Now almost 5yrs sober myself. I watched celebrity rehab and used to hope for strength and change.11 hours ago   ·  3
Steven P. BrownHe did make some very positive changes for our city. Now is NOT the time to back slide...........11 hours ago   ·  4
Linda AbelsonThank you for the post on this most sobering day of reflection.11 hours ago   ·  3
Susu BellThat was awful times ! I was living there and saw the flames on La Brea from my apartment rooftop on Poinsettia 😪11 hours ago   ·  2
Janine IsonI always liked Rodney King. He seemed exactly as you described him.11 hours ago   ·  3
Jeri RogersI was rooting for him on Celebrity Rehab. RIP11 hours ago   ·  5
Billy CristHe got beat like a redheaded step child.11 hours ago   ·  1
Rhonda Lynn WiseYou were a young woman all these years ago, you must have really been shocked. I was a single mother and had lived through the Watts riots as a little girl. My brother and I were so afraid we packed our bags and left town. We went to Vegas, where the exact same uprising was happening. I literally thought it was the end of the world. These events changed some things and others stayed the same. There are still remnants of the lost businesses around Baldwin Hills and Vermont and Manchester area. Communities were never rebuilt and people still feel invisible. You are a good woman. A thoughtful woman and a loving woman God Bless you for sharing a positive story about a man who did the best he could. 💜11 hours ago   ·  18
Elizabeth HeroldThis is a man who saw he needed to change and did. I don't recall seeing him pandering and profiting from any of that mess. He sure wasn't egging the rioters on, or patting their backs for their "support". Thanks VLA for sharing.10 hours ago   ·  8
Danae TornI remember when it was announced that he was found dead in the swimming pool. I burst into sobs. I had a much stronger emotional reaction to his death than I did to his beating or to the riots, even though I never met him. It seemed to me that after so many years of wrestling with demons, he was FINALLY getting his life on track. He had published a book and it seems to me that I had heard him interviewed on NPR about it not long before his death. He had sounded so upbeat. Such a tragedy. 🙁7 hours ago   ·  2
Loree Anne CollinsMy ❤️ bended and broke for him on that show. He was a gentle giant who was in the history books for something he never wanted. God bless him and may he eternally rest at peace. One note, they weren't the "Rodney King riots". The verdicts were the end of a long chain of events that resulted in the riots of 1992.6 hours ago   ·  1
Lenasue Lc WinstonAn awful frightening week. I was in Hollywood and glad I just happened to buy a weeks worth of groceries the day before. The burning and looting and drivebys got so close I was afraid we'd have to flee our apartment.10 hours ago   ·  1
Kelly NisleyThat's some serious demons. King was arrested for DUI in 1992, but no charges were filed. In 1993 King entered an alcohol rehabilitation program after crashing his car into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles. He had a blood alcohol level at two times the legal limit. King was arrested for DUI in May 1995 in Pennsylvania. He was tried on the charges, but was acquitted. King was arrested in July 1995 by Alhambra police, who alleged King struck his wife with a car, knocking her to the ground. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of hit and run. In 1999 King was sentenced to 90 days in the San Bernardino County Jail and placed on probation for four years for a domestic altercation involving a daughter and her mother. Court records show King was required to attend a batterer's treatment program. In 2001 King was ordered to attend a year-long drug treatment program after being arrested for indecent exposure and being under the influence in Claremont, California. In 2003 King was arrested by Rialto police on a charge of suspicion of hitting his girlfriend in the face. Charges were not filed. In 2003, King was seen by police weaving through traffic in an SUV at more than 100 MPH before he ran into a fence and into a San Bernardino home. King pleaded not guilty to being under the influence of PCP. King was sentenced to a six-month drug rehab program, and served a 120-day jail sentence. King was arrested in 2005 for allegedly threatening to kill his daughter and ex-girlfriend. No charges were filed.24 minutes ago
Adolfo ViteriI was living on St Andrews Pl. (Melrose & Western) and was in class at Santa Monica College when someone ran into our class telling us to leave immediately because LA was experiencing a riot! As I was driving on the 10 fwy all of downtown LA was in a cloud of dark smoke. Seeing this was unreal...seeing National Guardsmen patrolling my street carrying rifles and driving humvees was unreal. I will never forget that period living in my city.10 hours ago   ·  1

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