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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The Apple Pan should be declared in LA Historical Landmark! I have so many fond memories of their burgers

Hickory burger w/cheese, fries and a coke! Finish w/ a slice of pie. Memories!

It's funny. I now live in Prescott, AZ and there's an Apple Pan here! No connection. I asked.

MLA is in Malibu for a week..Thelma Todd old place

I learned of this place thanks to Huell on a Californias Gold episode

Besides the apple pie..I found out they make a Banana Cream pie..almost..as good as my Mom's!

Please teleport me there right now! 😻

Wish l was there its been a long time

The BEST in L.A. my grandparents went there during the war and said it was one of the few restaurants that consistently served meat during rationing.

is it possible that i was there in 1969?

One of my first stops when I make a trip home to WLA. Tuna salad no extra mayo on white bread

Here as often as I can!!!!! YUM!!!!

Great burgers and got to sit a few seats down from Warren Beatty and Annette Benning on a Saturday night. I almost choked when I saw him out the window... "I whispered to my husband, don't do or say anything, but Warren Beatty's coming in"....

I miss the Apple Pan. Sadly, I haven't lived anywhere nearby in years!

Steakburger double cheese, fries and Coke. Apple pie ala mode.. 👍👍

I could go for a apple pan cheeseburger right about now.

I miss the Apple Pan their burgers, fries and pies are DELICIOUS 👍👍👍👍

You can just say, you’re having lunch. Not as dramatic but effective. 🤪

I wish that place was closer to me. I’d go more often if it was.

The best Banana Cream Pie in California!

When I was a kid, we'd always go there when we came down for a shopping trip at Westside Pavillion.

So glad that the Apple Pan is still around 😊!

It’s 1972 all over again..

I used to like going there after junior league baseball games at Rancho Park.

Totally forgot this place. By far the best!

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The Rule: If you can see green, it needs another ornament!

Harold Lloyd's Christmas tree. It stayed up all year round.
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Harold Lloyds Christmas tree. It stayed up all year round.

 

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Lloyd had been given so many ornaments from stars and fans that he eventually had three of these trees around his estate. Later, he shot them in 3D, when he was President of the Hollywood 3D Club, which often met at Romanoff's restaurant. Lloyd's granddaughter, Suzi, allowed several of the ornaments from stars like Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson to be reproduced by Christopher Radko, who also made a tribute piece of Lloyd hanging off the clock in his silent masterwork "Safety Last".

Notice that blue is not the dominant color, which is the mistake that a lot houses are doing in the last few years.

A kid or pet could get lost in that thing. Did they find any bodies we they eventually took it down ?

Are you sure there is a tree under all those trimmings ?

Dead tree underneath?

As an Interior Designer I once hired used to say, "It's not done til it's overdone."

That's one Bodacious tree

Who dusted that thing? Awesome tree.

What would you do if you needed to replace a bad string of lights?!!

Needs just one more...

I keep mine up all year too, and enjoy the ornaments every day.

I thought people in LA didn't decorate for Christmas since there's no snow.

Needs just a touch more tinsel.

I remember as a kid going to his estate (on a tour)and seeing this tree.

Incredible house. He has a moat around the house so his daughter could row around...and her own dollhouse copy of the house..brilliant..

Many were sold individually on eBay about 10 years ago.

Christmas must be very be very special to him..

at auction I got a couple of ornaments from his collection. A. At the moment I can only recall one. B. Doubt if I could find it on this tree.

That’s the ugliest couch I’ve ever seen!

Ok that’s a bit too much .......

An ornament colorblind test! Cruel cruel woman! Lol I'm saving up for those enchroma glasses. But every time I get close, something breaks and there go my funds lol

Of course he left it up year-round! It would take 364 days to take all those ornaments off!

I remember seeing this tree years ago on a tour of his home. I was so impressed that he kept it up year ‘round, and to this day have lived by the credo, regarding Christmas tree decorations, enough is never enough!”🎄

Everybody’s tree sux next to that

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Happy birthday to L.A.’s own Lizard King, Jim Morrison.

“LA WOMAN”. One of the greatest Los Angeles ever written! An anthem!

Trivia of the day. If you unscramble "Mr. Mojo Risin", you'll get "Jim Morrison".Para algunos ,Jim fue un poeta , con su alma atrapada entre el cielo y el infierno. Para otros otra fugaz estrella de rock que se estrello y consumió. Pero l...
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Love the Doors!

Ray Manzarek's paen to Jim, the novella, "The Poet in Exile" is a sweet, tender read. Highly recommend it.

<-------<<< Fiddlin' with a home recorder some time ago. (Moody Blues, The Story In Your Eyes) intro, tryin' for a pseudo Morrison, I guess. www.facebook.com/marty.beaver.3/videos/vb.100000529985201/125565080804491/?type=3

Love the Doors and all their music - but this song is my generations song about LA youtu.be/8kAiQiz_XDs

I See your hair is burning Hills are filled with fire If they say I never loved you You know they are a liar. Still true at least the fire part. An amazing poet.

Close your eyes and click on this. At around the 20 second mark, it suddenly becomes a bit unambiguous: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7wM6mLbuN8

It has been said that "L.A. Woman" is about Eve Babitz, the L.A. writer who writes all about L.A.

Wish I was at one of the Concerts

His former girlfriend and her teenage girl shopped in my Costa Mesa calif boutique and shared some stories of him and let me tell you!!

Jim in a 67 Shelby Mustang, how cool is that? 🙂

The ' woman ' in " LA Woman " is the city of Los Angeles, people. " Never saw a woman so alone. " It's the spiritual vacancy of a metropolis.

...this and "Unknown Soldier"...top my list of Doors tracks...

"Sagittarius, the most philosophical of all signs..."

Visited his grave in Paris early 90’s

Midnight blue Shelby GT with parchment interior. Still missing since he abandoned it after his 3rd crash in the car. The holy grail of all Shelby cars.

Happy Birthday Jim♥️

He had his issue's but i miss this face of his...

I remember like it was yesterday - on this day in 1980 was listening to KMET playing doors music for Morrison's birthday - then the new John Lennon shot and killed in NYC.

He figured that out before the internet and websites like this: new.wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=jimmarolda&t=500&a=n

Still waiting for my LA woman...

PLAY THIS SONG AT ALL L.A. STADIUMS & ARENAS!

Jim Morrison did video-recorded promos for Florida State University in the 60's.

One year ago today at SeaTac - what a miracle on Jim's bday no less.

Doors workshop- pilgrimage.

Does anyone here remember The Lucky U restaurant in Santa Monica? Do you remember the location by any chance?

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Crank it!

Celebrating Sammy Davis Jr’s birthday on his personal record player. This space age stereo system was presented to Sammy by General Electric in 1972. (Check out the plaque just above the 8 track player and those atomic blue futuristic speakers!) This was added to the VLA archives earlier this year! Can you dig it?
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I’m actually looking for someone to come over and restore it to pristine condition! If anybody knows anyone who can do this please send me a PM!

Song is called “I Am Over 25 - But You Can Trust Me”. Produced by Mike Curb and Don Costa

My sister won that same stereo (with white speakers) on Let’s make a Deal! The sound quality was a bit rough sadly.

Yeah baby, I can dig it. "You know, I'm black, Puerto Rican, and Jewish. When I move into your neighborhood, EVERYONE moves out!" - Sammy Davis, Jr.

Gone but never forgotten ❤️It’s so cool you have his stereo!

This brings back memories from Christmas maybe 30 years ago, I was invited to a party @ a guy's house in Palmdale, his house was totally 50's everything! I mean everything like living in a museum, complete with a car in garage with tray on window and fake food along with drive in speakers!!!!! Did I mention 2 mannequins with 50's clothing? 🎄⛄❄️

...you inspired me to hit the garage sales out here in the desert this morning....satisfied my thirst for vinyl...for now...

Things have changed so much... If only we could pick and choose what we like from the time we are alive and keep it like that... oh well

I have to say the sound from an LP is so much different and I think better...

I wish they would make those again. I would LOVE to own a stereo and speaker like that

This is awesome!

Too Cool Bebe'

I still have that album! 😊

OMG!!!

Cassette deck still missing...end 70s these machines were sold in cheap design vybPhilips, And Japanse, for a few 100dollars.

Hey you are forgetting LA's son Jim Morrison. LA Woman was written about LA as his lady.

Great addition to your collection!

So love this Alison! You bring me such joy!!

So epic !

Jason & Andrew- I feel like this belongs at your house!

It is still working very well after all these years

Very fab!

I can almost smell the warm electronics and vinyl.

I need some Suntory!

Groovy

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