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

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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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”Easy Rider” playing at the Fox Theatre in Westwood Village in 1969. I found this in an old Calendar section of the LA Times. Remember when they ran full page ads for movies? ...

”Easy Rider” playing at the Fox Theatre in Westwood Village in 1969. I found this in an old Calendar section of the LA Times. Remember when they ran full page ads for movies?

 

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Remember seeing “Held Over” in some of the ads for hit films?

Yes - the full page ads. Do you remember when they ran all the parody ads of other movies as part of “Rabbit Test” coming out? I remember loving those as a kid.

I remember in the 1980s that The New York Times’ Sunday Arts and Leisure section and the Los Angeles Times’ Sunday Calendar section would regularly have multiple two page ads for individual new movies, every single week. Now, there’s a few directory listings for a handful of arthouse theatres. Takes up about a sixteenth of a page. Sad!

I loved the old Calendars in the Sunday paper!👍

WOW! Saw it with Roger Ullen ..... That was a Big deal driving all the way to Westwood from the SFV 😎

Saw EASY RIDER at the fox theater back in 1969.Get this the only student in my high school before it went to other theaters.Good times...gone forever.

I saw it there in ‘69. It was mind blowing at the time. Thanks for momentarily propelling me back to my youthful mind.

I used to look forward to the Sunday Times. Calendar and West Magazine were the best. Now they throw this crap on my lawn every Sunday and I can’t get them to stop no matter how many times I call them!

Saw it 3 times at this theater. Loved it!

The glamour is gone. I used to love those wonderful movie ads.

I saw Easy Rider there and at the Aquarius Theatre Rainbow Bridge , they use cone on the school grounds and give us free tickets all the time

That was my favorite part of the LAT back in the day. (plus I vividly recall seeing this picture in first release)

Saw one of your posts recently and the marquee was easy rider at some theater it might have been something to do with the filming on Hollywood blvd anyway saw that movie as a kid and I believe it sparked an interest in motorcycles that I still have to this day

Yep. And now they are in El Segundo. Like the Los Angeles Musicians Union in Burbank.

AMC said they quit running ads : cost over $5 million a year

And the concert listings!

Saw it there!

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15 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Dennis Feldman’s amazing series of Hollywood Blvd passers-by, 1969-72 ...

 

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Fabulous pics. Each photo made me want to know who this person is and their story. Where did the 70's, 80's and beyond take them? And where they are now?

They are so uncannily familiar for some reason! I would swear I saw each and every one of them sometime, somewhere recently here in La La Land! 🙂 Thanks, Alison!

This may be the greatest of all your great post yet. These photos take me back to my preteen days in the 60's when a trip to Hollywood Blvd was the equation of a trip to Disneyland for the rest of my bland siblings. 😁 Sorry if any of you are reading this.

It would be so interesting to see how they all look today.

Certainly, there are a few really arresting shots in there. In general, I find the imaging a little haphazard, but the overall effect still packs a wallop owing to the wonderful pathology that is Hollywood Blvd. Back in the '60s, my family used to say "let's take a stroll on Hollywood Boulevard and see the characters." What I didn't understand back then is that many of the people in Hollywood really were characters: Oddly identified people who went to Hollywood to find themselves in the movies but generally only found themselves on the street.

Love the vintage outfits..I may still have a few in my closet..and wish I didn't donate! I know I am going to see a kid walking down Melrose wearing my clothes! LOL

A slice of history, each with its own story. I love looking back through pictures. I especially like the one with the mother and little girl. I was just a little older then that little girl in 1969. The one with the lady and her luggage seems sad to me. Wonder where she was going or where she left. Her face says so much.

Great B/W portraits ...glimpses of the past ...thanks for sharing .

Is it me or does that guy look like prince??

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Thanks for posting, amazing photo art.

Some things simply don't change. Thank you for sharing these

I LOVED those photos!! I kept thinking I was going to see one of me "back in the day."

These were amazing! Such life!

These are absolutely stunning, the emotions, pain, small moments that make joy happen -- Dennis Feldman's photographs have always had great visual strength. Thanks, Alison!

I was born in the wrong decade.

Outta site man, right on! ✌🏼☮️

Great shots

This is So Cool!!

Great pics.

Amazing....

Groovy

BIG Love!

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15 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Hollywood Blvd, 1969

Photograph by Dennis Feldman
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Hollywood Blvd, 1969 

Photograph by Dennis Feldman

 

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Oh my, I still have that luggage, the other pieces are in the attic somewhere.

It looks a little like Phillis Diller.

I just love her. I don't know why.

I hope it worked out for her.

Could this be in front of J J Newberrys by Fredericks?

Must be near the bus stop.

I love this page!!!

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams. She's probably waiting for the Bus to take Her, to The Greyhound Station. You can see the Defeat on Her face.

I had the same luggage! Wow!

one needs to know SO much the H'wood game before playing it...had a nervous breakdown in 83-'84....advice from now is Learn How to Lie and juggle your time tween friends and the most influential people who will give you a leg up.

"Be always on your guard Success walks hand in hand with failure Along Hollywood Boulevard." 🎵😎🎵

I remember the street and sidewalks were dirty.

wow look those eyebrows are back in style, now

Fine art. Beautiful.

She came with a dream...

I was there. Attended TSK and took the RTD 91W bus to Hollyweird on Saturdays.

Why is the mannequin OUTSIDE the window?

my favorite shot as well from the insta shots you posted from this story.

Boy, I'd love to know the story about this one! She's not happy.

She looks so sad and lost!

Not Phyllis she was prettier. Love the luggage

"What's your dream?" "To make it big in Hollywood."

New Boy in Town ?

I wonder if she got there?

These pictures are so Kool!

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