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

Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles 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.


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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Vintage Los Angeles

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Nancy Wilson on Hollywood Blvd in 1963

 

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I spent one night recording with her around ‘99, omg she had energy!

This picture was from an album cover. My parents had this album in their collection. I used to admire this pic as a kid. I thought she looked so elegant and sophisticated. RIP Nancy Wilson 🙏🏽

One of my favorite Christmas recordings. She was a treasure. m.youtube.com/watch?v=vJPmhKwMBD8

My jazz world just got a little bit darker. She always sang like an Angel, now she sings with them. 😢

Bravo...to The Lady Wilson and to Vintage Los Angeles!

Peter Falk was driving that cab.

One of my Dads favorite singers... I listened to many a Nancy Wilson Album in my youth. RIP Ms. Wilson

She had a glorious voice, and was such a beautiful, elegant, stylish lady. ♥️

Man, what a singer. I remember hearing her on the radio in L.A....KMPC. RIP....

Looks like a '59 Plymouth in matching yellow 😍

Look how clean the street was.

Another legend is gone. So sad 💔

I never heard of her, but she’s gorgeous.

What a beautiful photo of her. 🌟 May she rest in peace. ♥ 🙏

A class unto herself.

Love her dress, the color and matching shoes?

She looks so beautiful!

So beautiful and elegant!

RIP Nancy Wilson. Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice.

What a talent , what a doll . RIP .

The epitome of elegance and poise.

Those were the days! My Pop was in Hollywood in 1963!

I grew up watching my mom hang on Nancy Wilson’s smooth voice. Her music is always on my playlists. Especially her “Forbidden Lover” album.

Oh my gosh...I just shared this exact same photo a minute ago on my page. It seems to represent her elegance and beauty so well--and what a star she was! It's heartbreaking to lose her. She was truly special.

One of my mom’s favorite singers

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8 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

R.I.P Nancy Wilson.....
Thanks for all the wonderful music...
🙏 💓 😔MY FIRST UPLOAD BACK ON YOUTUBE...CAN'T BELIEVE THIS TUNE IS BEING USED IN THE SMA BABY MILK ADVERT!!! 🙂 THANKYOU J'O'B FOR TELLING ME XXX
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She and Carmen MacRae were the best female jazz singers of their time, the golden age of jazz.

Terri Chow

Beautiful woman. Beautiful voice.

OMG! I didn't know she passed. I was at a party once where she sang 🙁

RIP

In 1964, I bought the 45 rpm recording of "How Glad I Am". I remember seeing that photo with the yellow, Plymouth cab in the background, which was on the cover of that record album.

My mom loved Nancy Wilson, guess I'll get out some of her old albums and remember the both of them

In the beginning I think in Nancy Willson of Heart .

💖💖💖

Pure and distinctive. What a lovely voice.

💖

An absolute legend. ❤️❤️❤️

Downloading everything Apple Music has on her - absolutely the epitome of class, sass, and MEGA talent.

Oh this one hurts. What a loss.

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10 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

At least some things don’t change on the Sunset Strip!

Carneys with Carney's owner John Wolfe!
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When I moved to Hollywood from “back east” in 1978 my friends took me to Carneys on the strip. I’ve been a disciple ever since. When I moved to the Valley they put one on Ventura Blvd. Every time I fly to L.A. I get my rental car and drive to Carneys first thing. Simply the best.

im sure river pheonixs ghost wont mind the viper room being gone. noone likes to to tell the truth...

John looks great!

I love Carneys! So happy that it's still here!

Worst dog ever. Those are the ones with all the tough skin around it and skinny like a pencil. No thanks.

It sucks i live in iowa now you can't get food like we had there . i miss these places.. Carneys or in and out.and what ever happen to fat jacks. I grew up on this stuff i miss it so bad...😢😢😢😢😢

Love Carney's and John is a True gentleman, and a Great business owner. Los angeles is fortunate to have him.

Studio City one close to me

💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

Miss that place

My favorite burger anywhere! Been a customer and have known John for over 30yrs. Here's to another 30yrs of my hometown comfort food. Thanks John!!!

I enjoyed lots of meals there.

New Yorker with sauerkraut, if you please! I lived on Bloomfield Street in Studio City in the 90's and Carney's dogs were a staple of my poor bachelor lifestyle. So pleased to see it remains after so many other great restaurants on Ventura have gone.

Love Carneys. Both of them. Studio City. Yum.

I miss Carneys! I was there about ever other Saturday night before clubbing back in the 90's.

You are so cute. I enjoy your posts so much! Thank you.

Very cool. John Wolfe himself. My old boss!

Was always a must stop when in LA. Daughter and wife would go to the Grove and my son and I would hang out at Carneys and watch the world go by!

The one on Sunset sells beer, unlike Ventura bl. so naturally its the better location. I worked for this guy I think if he owned it in '93.

I remember when it opened on Sunset. Became a frequent neighborhood stop.

sunset strip needs a change, serial killers , prostitution, drug overdoses, alcoholism,,,, violence, rape, hiv, change is long over due

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12 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

‪Redd Foxx, James Brown, and Christmas lights ‬🎄 ... See MoreSee Less

‪Redd Foxx, James Brown, and Christmas lights ‬🎄

 

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Kevin Vincent James Keaton

So much talent. So much coke

Dan

Zap Valencia Delores Valencia

James died on Christmas day! 🙁

Awesome shot!

I love these guys

AKA Chicago Red

Notice James Brown's Star of David ring.

Lol, c'est le pater avec James Brown, il t'avais caché ça le Gaby .... Teiva

NOW I know why Fred Sanford always wore long sleeves.

No iPhones?

Never knew his actual name was Sanford...

Love them both but you'd need two translators to understand a word they said.

Crack heaven!

This photo says EVERYTHING that needs to be said about Christmas.

What you looking at? Dummy!

A party that I am sorry I missed....

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