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 the Emmy nominated So Cal Scene 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

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. 2019 is continuing right where 2018 left off with Alison busy as ever. Alison landed a new gig as an “on air” contributor on the Emmy nominated So Cal Scene 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.”

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

Board games from TV shows which one would you play?

I’ll take Columbo!
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These are all so awesome but I never knew there was a Kojak game so I'd pick that one! Love me some Telly!

Vintage Los Angeles, Ooh ooh, I need the Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days duo!

Loved The Hardy Boys books but never seen a TV show????

Always appeared to be more fun than in practice. As kids, remember playing them once, then never again. Never challenging, just extending the brand.

I watched when I was living In WI and dreaming of CA.

The CSPAN game was always lots of fun at our house.

Yep I would love to play that game Columbo

Hulla Baloo (Behind the Green Door)

These are incredible! An era long gone!

That looks like Donna Mckechnie on the Hullabaloo box

Kojak might be kinda cool!!!! #Telly! ❤❤❤

These look like so much fun!

I used to have a M*A*S*H game in college.

My brother and I used to have the S.W.A.T board game. Played it all the time!

Charlie’s Angels for sure😍♥️

This is like a Tarantino movie trapped inside a Beastie Boys song.

We had "Happy Days"; think I was about 8 & it was a family Christmas present. Ben Lower, "Emergency!" is among these!

wow...too bad you can't get these games now!!!

Give me The Addams Family!!

Games like those were awesome.

I want to be on Hollywood squares with Paul Lynde!

Practicing my Columbo, "oh... By the way."

Ooooh! I want an Electric Teen!

Hollywood Squares- is that my old game I gave away centuries ago???

I wish I was an electric teen.

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Vintage Los Angeles

"A Christmas Swim in Hollywood"

Photographed by Slim Aarons in 1954. This was his wife, Rita Aarons floating in a gorgeous vividly coloured swimming pool surrounded by bauble decorations and a giant christmas tree in the water. Only in L.A.
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A Christmas Swim in Hollywood 

Photographed by Slim Aarons in 1954. This was his wife, Rita Aarons floating in a gorgeous vividly coloured swimming pool surrounded by bauble decorations and a giant christmas tree in the water. Only in L.A.

 

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When I was a kid we lived in Palm Springs. My parents kept the patio furniture in the shallow end of the pool. But never the xmas tree!

I’ve always loved this picture so much!!! ♥️

Just classic California Christmas! I love it.

Love this! And it relieves the Once upon a time in Hollywood fatigue.

Love the Hollywood sign in the background!

What I appreciate most is how the low-lying home blends in with the landscape. It's very Western...as it SHOULD be. These huge homes that cover so much of the Los Angeles area these days put man's creation above the beauty of the land itself..

Love the Hollywood sign on the hill!

Still a favorite photo, showing off So Cal! ❤️😎💚

I love when this comes up in my feed every Christmas season 🎄

Mt.Lee in the background...what an awesome view!

Complete with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

Truly my favorite photo of all time

This is awesome on many levels!

Oh perfect, you gotta have the teeny “Hollywood” sign far in the background! Thats the cherry on top!

That’s how we celebrate Christmas in L.A.

So pretty and it looks so fun!

When I see pics like this, I wonder what the house looks like now, if it is still there, who lives there now. just love it!!

Confession: I love this and wish that I could be in this pool.

Amazing.. Echo Park above Sunset Blvd...

Always the pinked brick borders. Wonderful.

And the awesome thing about this innocent picture, is there is no pretentiousness...just fun and real and not meant to be some picture they thought would go viral (although I hope this one does ☺️) The good ol days of real coolness 👏👏

Love Slim Aarons!

Coolest pic ever !!!❤️

It’s ridiculous and I love it!

Well now I want a tree in my pool!

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21 hours ago

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"Norms La Cienega On Fire" by Ed Ruscha 1964 - oil and pencil on canvas.

Was there one in Huntington Park ? i knew the one on Slauson,loved the blueberry pie ala mode.

How I loved Norm's when I was a poor college student!

Still life happens at Norms. There are two one in Whittier, the other in Pico Rivera.

Back in the 90s, when I drove taxis & limos, when somebody would tip me 5 bucks, I'd go straight to Norm's. Couldn't believe the size of the portions! The plates weren't big enough to contain it all! I'd joke with the waitresses: "Where's the rest?"

Last time I was there, late one night, a drunk walked up to the counter, opened his fly, and urinated directly onto a diner's plate.

Always a great place to eat...I was there this past Monday...👍

My dad used to take the family there on Saturday nights in the 1960's ........ it was a big treat and he always ordered steak 🙂

Norms on fire in stained glass. was there this morning

I missed the large bone-in ham steaks. Soooo Good

A mainstay for lunches with Gramma in the 70s. (The Long Beach one)

There are two Norm’s locations opening soon. One on Hollywood and Western and the other on Ventura Blvd in Encino.

Ahhh the memories! They hated us coming in there after the clubs closed back in the 80’s. Good times!!

Been there for lunches. I used to work at Holiday Carpet on La Cienega

Ate breakfast there just last week when I was in town.

Love eating here when we are in the city. (We live in Camariilo) new one is being built in Encino where Tony Roma’s was.

We used to go there on Friday and Saturday night late back in the 70s. Was in LA last month and ate my thanksgiving dinner there. Pretty good meal

Used to eat there with my grandparents a lot and then my aunt before going to play miniature golf I think up La Cienga.

I used to eat breakfast at the counter, every Sunday for awhile at like 6 am & all the old timers would talk about how great the red car trolleys were...you could be anywhere in LA with ease

“Yeah, I've had strange looking patty melts at Norms.” Tom Waits

One of my happiest memories is eating at Norms in Santa Ana, CA, the morning after Grad Night at Disneyland, June 1983. Cesar A. Duran

Maybe someday they'll fix the big sign at the La Cienega location. The orange letters haven't lit up for over 3 years. I've mentioned it to them in person and their FB page, they keep saying "we're working on it". They painted the place 6 months ago, but still haven't fixed the sign. Only the white pendants light up at night now.

Vermont and Sunset--gone but not forgotten.

Great LA institution. Even restaurant people in NY knew of Norms in the 60's

Can’t wait for them to open in northridge!!

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