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. 2019 is continuing right where 2018 left off with Alison busy as ever. Alison landed a new gig as an “on air” contributor on SPECTRUM1 in Los Angeles.

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. 2019 is continuing right where 2018 left off with Alison busy as ever. Alison landed a new gig as an “on air” contributor on SPECTRUM1 in Los Angeles.

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 add so much to our lives!

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A special news report about Beverly Hills reported by Ralph Story and Connie Chung in 1981

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Lots of changes... some good some bad... Elaine Young... gee I loved her.. poor thing turned into a scary monster with terrible plastic surgery but this footage shows how beautiful she once was. in 1981

Great time capsule. Ralph Story was the best!

Now I really feel old,Jess was a great journalist

Loved Ralph Story. Got to meet him once at his shop in Los Olivos. He’d retired by then. It was a treat being able to thank him.

I loved that...can't even buy an ice cream cone for less than a dollar!

great find!..love this!..:)

I loved Ralph Story.

Every time you see one of these time capsules from the 70s and 80s, it’s a reminder of just how terrible the air was. It’s amazing any of us are alive. Thankful that CA implemented regulations on emissions (that were of course opposed by Republicans).

Ralph Story was great.

Jess Marlow! He was the newsman in San Jose at KNTV when I was a kid. I did (local schmokle) commercials there during breaks.

Jess Marlow... Now, HE was a journalist.

Great find Alison!! Thank You!!!

Lived at 428 1/2 Doheny Dr. Beverly Hills. $225 a month. 1978 to 1982. Great times

Priceless 🙂

Wow, Elaine Young was a knock-out.

-2:20 shows one of my favorite buildings in all of LA that remains the same -- Pacific Theatres at Beverly and Robertson.

I was working at KNXT in 81 back when Connie Chung was news anchor and Keith Oberman did the sports

Oh my god! the smog! Wow lol.... It bothers me when out of towner's confuse the Marine Layer with the smog of the 70's, 80's and 90's

Stephen Cox

As a police officer I remember Stan Chambers from KTLA. He was the one reporter we all trusted and gave inside scoops to. Nice, honest man who was not out to make a name for himself. He just wanted to report the facts.

Hey, Jess Marlow

Priceless, thanks for sharing 👏👏👏💜

Intersting footage. Never saw it before. I only run the Rodeo Drive once a year during the LA Marathon.

Wow!! This old footage is amazing. It’s also amazing how all these problems the folks in the video complain still exist today.. only the prices they mention have now quadrupled! I work in Beverly Hills and I’m constantly shocked at the amount of travel/traffic that comes through on a daily basis.

This report from 1981 definitely predicted the future of Beverly Hills!!

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A special news report about Beverly Hills reported by Ralph Story and Connie Chung in 1981

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Oh, that ‘80’s smog!

Wow. This seems so quaint, distant and nearly foreign. I was watching channel 2 news as a kid in 81.

Mary Hanlon Stone

I remember that smog😰. Seeing how much better it is now kinda takes away the sting of having to pay a higher than average price at the gas pumps.

This is great - brings back wonderful memories. 💗

I did to

Jeanne Terezia Julie

I loved Ralph Story!

Keith Stone

This was Awesome..fun memories..

Wow, average income $36K?!? Even for 1981 that seems so low. Otherwise, a great time capsule!

KJOI "Beautiful Music."

It has changed so much. I think the prediction of the possibility of growth like a cancer is true. It’s the only city that doesn’t have a hospital or cemetery.

So cool!

use to love the smell coming from Wonder Bread 🙂 Use to go by their little shop there. 🙂

Wow...I remember it when it was sane...

Warm and fuzzy memories

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