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 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 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.


 

‘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, 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 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 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 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.”

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11 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Bob Newhart at Disneyland in 1974. Check out the old skyway behind him.

Who's lucky enough to be seeing him in person tonight at The Paley Center for Media?
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Bob Newhart at Disneyland in 1974. Check out the old skyway behind him. 

Whos lucky enough to be seeing him in person tonight at The Paley Center for Media?

 

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I have a friend with one of those original skyway cars hanging in his loft living room. It’s insane!

The Skyway at Disney where everybody smoked weed.

One of my favorite comedians. And I miss the Skyway at Disneyland, you could "smoke" real quick.

Where's Rickles?

Still repeat his great joke I remember from black and white Ed Sullivan show with the punch line "Mom was on the roof playing with the ball". Hysterical. All of his shows are class and classic. Thanks Bob.

In our 8th grade graduation party at Disneyland, me and my friend Mike were waiting in line for the Matterhorn “Bobsleds” when a bra fell out of the sky bucket passing over us. Both Mike and I ended up working at Disneyland😄

It’s Professor Proton with Mickey Mouse!

Loving the pic. I miss The Bob Newhart show

A black and white photo in '74? Odd ; color film was cheap compared to the 50s. Star Wars was released 4 years later.

I wanted to be the mountain climber on the Matterhorn.

I loved that.

What is the event at the Paley? I wish I was not out of town!!!

He had a great show, just can’t remember the name of it. 🤔

Cool, throwback, Disneyland bucket hat ! 🤣

Ya know, Bob is on fb..

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14 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Shazam! It's personal photos from the scrapbook day!

Happy Birthday to guitarist and "Rebel Rouser", Duane Eddy. Best known for his twangy guitar sound and tunes such as "Peter Gunn" and his compositions with Lee Hazelwood. Eddy sold 12 million records by 1963 and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Eddy also played guitar in my father's band and toured with him from 1969 - 1972. Here he is holding me right after I was born. We still stay in touch today. 💕

It's throwback Thursday on VLA every day!
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Shazam! Its personal photos from the scrapbook day! 

Happy Birthday to guitarist and Rebel Rouser, Duane Eddy. Best known for his twangy guitar sound and tunes such as Peter Gunn and his compositions with Lee Hazelwood. Eddy sold 12 million records by 1963 and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Eddy also played guitar in my fathers band and toured with him from 1969 - 1972. Here he is holding me right after I was born. We still stay in touch today. 💕

Its throwback Thursday on VLA every day!

 

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Precious baby, with an impressive head of hair! 👶🏻

BECAUSE They re Young - 1960 - iconic radio tune of early 60's european only pop radio show Luxemburg 208. British.

Christ I thought he was dead. Wow happy birthday to you!🎂🎉

Very cool...I remember him well....had no idea he was in your Dad's band.....

I had a chance to buy a Gretsch, like Duane's when I was 14! Too expensive for my first guitar. So I paid $100. For this 1949 Gibson ES 300 and original Lifton case! Here she is 54 years later, worth a bit more!

Duane Eddy--fabulous guitarist with a style just his own. And look at you with all that hair!

Carl Palmer (ELP & many more) still covers Peter Gunn as of last year (2017) on his solo tour. Great pic.

I wonder if Pat saw this?

Still love that man

"Titan of Twang"

Rebel Rouser Baby

Loved Duane Eddy as a kid! I didn't realize he played the guitar for the Peter Gunn theme song. I loved that show!

Big Duane Eddy fan! Glad to know he's still alive! <3

Great guitarist with many great songs

He was my dad's all-time favorite.

One of my early guitar idols!

Twang bar king 🤴

Great Photo

Love his guitar music.

I remember him from phoenix

Oh my god!!

awesome 🙂

Loved him !

Very cool!

Martin Brown

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16 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Dad and Morey Amsterdam in 1975. Back in the day, if was easy to find them...They were either at Tony Roma's, Ah Fong's, Hamburger Hamlet, or La Scala Boutique. Such fond memories of these two and their outrageous senses of humor. They pulled off A LOT of pranks together in this town! ...

Dad and Morey Amsterdam in 1975. Back in the day, if was easy to find them...They were either at Tony Romas, Ah Fongs, Hamburger Hamlet, or La Scala Boutique. Such fond memories of these two and their outrageous senses of humor. They pulled off A LOT of pranks together in this town!

 

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Here's another one of dad and Morey in our dining room. That's also Jerry Vale on the left and Tony Roma himself on the right!

Dad looks like he's been enjoying a little Christmas cheer in that picture. I'd have killed to hang out with Morey Amsterdam. Do you have memories of him?

At Tony Roma's, drinking rum & Coca Cola.

Ah Fong's! Those stairs down to the restaurant!

Love that sport jacket!

The humor of those two together was a match made in heaven. You're a lucky child dear. And Jerry Vale! He used to sing on Jukebox Saturday Night. Your dad had a melodious voice, very easy to listen to.

Oh my! What rascals they must have been

Christmas Eve, 1975? Oh, those W I D E ties in '75...almost like chest warmers. :O

I saw Morey Amsterdam in a bathrobe standing out in front of his house while on a “tour of The stars homes” back in late 70’s, early 80’s. I have a photo of it somewhere!! 😂

Morey Amsterdam could tell a joke about ANY subject,at the drop of a hat. He was lightning fast.

That post made me laugh an smile .. Dads .. Smh .. They're a breed of their own ..

I believe Morey's brother owned the Zanzibar in Santa Monica. Very tropical and cool.

looks like dad might have a wee buzz there.

Oh the shananagans that must have ensued!!!!

love their choice of eateries!

we always went to Ah Fongs....loved that place, so many memories

Nice.....buds doing the town.

Time stamp says Xmas eve. Nice.

Great picture of two wonderful men!

Wow what a wonderful photo xoxoxo

Your Dad is iconic to me!

What great memories, Allison!

How did they stay thin?

Miss Ah Fongs!

Now i beleive you it sure shows

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2 days ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Vintage Los Angeles time capsule

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Astonishing color footage of Sunset Strip starting at Horn Ave and ending at Doheny in 1963. How does it look today in comparison?

A few historical notes: The Melody Room became Filthy McNasty’s, The Central and is now the Viper Room. The Jerry Lewis Club became the Classic Cat, University Stereo & eventually Tower Video (demolished). The PARTY became the Whisky a Go Go, The Largo became the Roxy, The Villa Nova become the Rainbow Bar & Grill and the Hamburger Hamlet can be seen in its ORIGINAL Location. The 9000 building is under construction and Sierra Towers had not been built yet! And check out the billboard for Pacific Ocean Park and an advertisement for the premiere of The Fugitive on KABC. This is truly the next best thing to a time machine.

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Clark Street south of Sunset was just 2 lanes and had not been widened and renamed San Vincente Blvd yet either.

A lot of great cars and trucks . But you can already see the smog in the distance which a few years later became intolerable ! I remember LA as a child in the late 60s early 70s when they had smog alerts.

I think the corner place that advertises "Come to the Party" became The Laugh Factory. Once saw Dangerfield there.

That was nice. I kept looking at all the lovely cars as well as the buildings along the sides. Thanks for sharing this with us.

I sae the original Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset! Before the fire! So

Aha the 76 Station across from the Whiskey. I relocated to LA in the late 80's and the Strip didn't look that different than this 1963 footage. I now live in Spain and when we return to LA for visits I hardly recognize Sunset with all the development.

I love how relaxed and slowly all are driving..drove this stretch everyday on my way to work in the 70's.

Wonder what "Largo" was? Looks to be a restaurant but never heard of it! <3

Great video! ... back in the day when cars had their own individual style... and all those “daily drivers” are now classics and would get big bucks if sold at auction...

You could jaywalk without getting a ticket, lol.

Nice advertisement for the premiere of The Fugitive on KABC at around the 1:00 mark.

The old neighborhood when the Aware Inn was still there, just before it popped into the rock 'n roll haven it became. Many people don't remember how quiet the Strip was before 1965. In some ways it was like Las Vegas before the Strip opened up to the Big Four hotels.

My dad used to go to the old Cock n Bull on Sunset. Lots of his actor buddies from CBS and Warner Bros. hung out with him. Delicious Welch Rarebit!

I lived in Hollywood in the eighties and this is how I remember the Strip looking. A lot of smaller unique buildings and more character.

This really is stunning! The slight, slight haze you get with celluloid. I would guess this is peak summer (July) with the brilliant white sunlight almost directly overhead, based on the slight shadows on the cars. The street looks like it does today (wide, but modest by today's standards--developed as a main artery through the city at he time). The cars....the brilliant blue sky! I wonder what people will think in 200 years from now from this footage !?

right before The Whiskey, existed...the strip was so sweet.. I used to stop at that Turner's Liq. at Doheny for a soda, on my way, to the beach.

Things that exist in this film that no longer exist: red-top mailboxes, lack of curb cuts for handicap access, mercury-vapor street lights, rotating Shell signs, single traffic lights, the list goes on...

Unbelievable how REAL it looks! Color and everything! To think someone proactively took the time to do this! The milkman crossing the street says it all! 🤘🏼🔥😎

Thanks Alison for the memory. I loved it more back then.

I remember going to the Central on open mic nights. I'd leave my electric guitar in the car in case the talent was way to good. Hence, never played......... Good effen times.

The Shell station on Clark St. was there when I moved in, but closed a couple of years later, and the lot stayed empty for many years because they said that the oil tanks had leaked into the ground water. There is still a monitoring well in the alley behind the building that is there now. BTW, I just noticed that Modani is no longer there.

In '63, I was driving that everyday back and forth to UCLA. I was looking to see if my car was in the video, but alas no. Also, around that time there was a place called The Phone Booth. The entrance was on the N side of Sunset and appeared to be a phone booth up against the building.

"Kodachro-o-ome! Gives us the nice bright colors, gives us the dre-e-eam of Summer, makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!" -- Paul Simon Seriously, though, this was probably shot on Kodachrome reversal film. Nice snappy colors even today.

wow... that was so cool! All those old cars. I saw a Firebird like my older sister owned back then. (only hers was powder blue) And I spotted a Hamburger Hamlet! miss them so.

"I Love LA"

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