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.”

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

5 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

“I could get a gig drivin' that bus and pick some freaks up. In front of Ben Franks” - Frank ZappaEnjoy the album version 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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KZAP it’s very cool radio station back in the day I believe out of Sacramento but we could hear it in Lake Tahoe during the summer months Frank Zappa a legend

Poor Frank. The world needs more composers like Zappa!

I think I got Frank to sign 2 CDs of mine just before he passed

This album helped form my mind.

best.

Not bad, but I prefer Hot Rats.

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7 hours ago

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These historic treasures were just donated to the VLA archives!

First photo: Ashtray from Tiny Naylors, ashtray from The Hollywood Knickerbocker, a Jerry Lewis golf ball, ashtray from Ciro’s, a cigarette holder from Scandia, and an ashtray from Bublichki.

Second photo: Three original ashtrays from the Earl Carroll Theatre. They apparently were made in all different colors!

Third Photo: Original glasses from the Earl Carroll Theatre. I’ve never seen a complete set!

Courtesy of Hector Acuna!
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These historic treasures were just donated to the VLA archives! 

First photo: Ashtray from Tiny Naylors, ashtray from The Hollywood Knickerbocker, a Jerry Lewis golf ball, ashtray from Ciro’s, a cigarette holder from Scandia, and an ashtray from Bublichki. 

Second photo: Three original ashtrays from the Earl Carroll Theatre. They apparently were made in all different colors! 

Third Photo: Original glasses from the Earl Carroll Theatre. I’ve never seen a complete set! 

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So Great! Thanks to the donators.

Where do you keep all this cool stuff Alison? You should open some kind of museum type gallery.

If you run out of room, I'm willing to take in the Scandia cigarette holder for safekeeping!

WOW Congrats kiddo great score!

Ohhh, Tiny Naylors! Best Bran Muffins ever! Oh, oh, and Tuna Melts!!

Good ol' Tiny Naylors! I used to love to stop there on the way to or back from LAX and have a great coffee shop breakfast or lunch! I just thought it would always be there. 😥

My dad worked for Tiny Naylor's...mostly at the store on La Cienega, just north of Wilshire, but also the one in Westchester and the Sunset drive-in. He was a bit, um, portly so he would make jokes about having posed for the logo.

Awesome.....remember Tiny Naylor’s so Fondly....yes a “chain’ coffee shop but the food was so good and satisfying....staff was the best....all veterans of the days when customers came first (but wouldn’t take any bull from them😁). Is there any place like this left in the world?

How wonderful.....you might need a small museum now!!!..I have matches from the Coconut Grove/Ambassador>>??

The Scandia cigarette holder is fabulous, darling!

Very nice of Hector , right on man .

Tiny Naylor's! Thanks for that memory!

Very nice.

Very Cool! Congrats!

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10 hours ago

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Haha! The latest episode of “I’m Dying Up Here” (which takes place in the 70s) refers to Ben Frank’s as Mel’s. But it was Ben Frank’s until the 90s! Oops! ... See MoreSee Less

Haha! The latest episode of “I’m Dying Up Here” (which takes place in the 70s) refers to Ben Frank’s as Mel’s. But it was Ben Frank’s until the 90s! Oops!

 

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Since we’re on the subject, bravo to Mel's Drive-In - Sunset Blvd for repurposing the structure and saving it!

Anybody remember ships?

Oh yea! This was our go to stop for rice pudding @ 2am, before driving home to El Segundo in 66-67! Fab memories!

carrots and celery sticks and cinnamon toast.

Some writer didn't do his research...

Ha! Get your L.A. facts straight, or Alison will getcha!👊

We used to go there after watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Tiffany!

I said the very same thing! Then I was wondering if you were watching the show. They gave a shout out to The Source.

Dinner at Ben Franks with my Dad in 1969..

“Bordello of Blood” - 1996.

Thanks for posting this.... I've been living under a Rock.... and have not heard of ...I'm Dying Up Here.... .. I'm going to start watching.

I remember Ben Frank's... I saw the same guy... a rock star wearing black leather... sitting at the counter every time I went in.... he may have been a very slow eater... . Maybe.... there is a legal issue with using the name Ben Franks...?

"Let's go pick some freaks up at Ben Franks." Mothers Of Invention" 1967.

I’ve had many a right cuppa there at ungodly hours

I was there, girl...

I sure do remember Ben Franks 🙂

I loved Ben Frank’s. One of my first LA dates in 93...... it was like midnight and his name was Gustov. So fun.

Tourists. 😎

Yes, that was the new hippie hang out after they kicked us out of "Cantors"

I loved Ben Franks.

Such an iconic restaurant. Somebody was asleep at the wheel.

I have eaten so many meals there.

Where the freaks gather!

I went there once in all these years

First place I ever ate in America ! jb.

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12 hours ago

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RIP Interview Magazine ... See MoreSee Less

RIP Interview Magazine

 

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I have 2 large boxes of Interview magazines. Pretty good condition. What shall I do with them??

I have a large bus shelter poster of the Madonna cover. The Herb Ritts photo of her grabbing her crotch.

Each page an interesting work of art

My dad had a subscription to Interview from roughly ‘78-‘81 when I was in high school I loved it and at that age really opened my eyes to a lot of things lol.

Chelsea Hotel neighbor of the late Anthony Herrera (Gabby Hoffmans Dad)

I have years of this premiere mag.. in storage Anyone interested Also RAGS Magazine from S.F. 1970’s.....for Sale

I remember getting my first subscription late 70's early 80's. Loved it.

One of my favorites was the Twiggy cover. Still have it!

I still have the one with Nick Rhodes on the cover.

He meant, everyone BUT him would only be famous for fifteen minutes. Pretty sneaky way to get more minutes, 50 year's worth.

ANDY W.

Was a great mag

It’s a shame they folded.

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