Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, 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 278,000 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, 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 278,000 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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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! This is truly the next best thing to a time machine.

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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.

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...

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

You could jaywalk without getting a ticket, lol.

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

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

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! 🤘🏼🔥😎

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.

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.

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.

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 !?

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.

"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.

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!

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

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...

A car actually making a left turn off a side street and a guy J walking across Sunset. Won't see any of that today!

What I can believe is that the traffic is NOT at a bumper-to-bumper stand-still!

Thanks Alison, my son is in school in LA and I sent this to him and he thought it was great seeing how different things are now

It makes it feel like you could just drive over there right now and walk down that very street as it was.

Lived there in the late sixties -- The Judd family lived below us on Larrabee (weren't known as the Judds then)!!

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.

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

this could use a bit of music..

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17 hours ago

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I still remember hearing "Wardrobe by Ohrbach's" at the end of soap operas and variety shows during the 1970s. Ohrbach's also supplied worship for "I Love Lucy" and "Dark Shadows". ...

I still remember hearing Wardrobe by Ohrbachs at the end of soap operas and variety shows during the 1970s. Ohrbachs also supplied worship for I Love Lucy and Dark Shadows.

 

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I believe the original location was located in Prudential Square on Wilshire Blvd. shortly after it opened in 1948. It occupied the first three floors. (pic: Shulman/getty)

I may be odd but I miss old fashion department stores. The closest one I have seen recently was Harrods in London this past February. They pretty much had everything.

Loved Ohrbach’s. I remember my Mom purchasing two white winter coats for my twin sister and I, they were $10 each and the sales lady rang them up saying $10 times two was $11! 😂

This is from the end credits of my favorite soap, DARK SHADOWS, in 1967.

I remember getting my nails done at Bullocks in Westwood then doing to their tea room. Made me feel all ritzy! Lol

YES! My divinely chic aunt who was the head of "Social Events" at the Beverly Hills Hotel during the 50s (!) shopped there. ("Better" shoes. Versus....??) xoxox

My Mom’s most favorite store ever! A big treat as a pre-teen was getting hauled out to Wilshire for a day of shopping!

I bought a few clothing items from Ohrbach's at the Torrence Mall. Is that place still in existence ?

We had an Ohrbach's in our town, La Mirada, a suburb of Los Angeles. It was the only department store at our mall.

I loved going to Ohrbach's in Van Nuys, CA. I worked for my dad one summer and every Friday I would walk over to the Broadway dept store or Ohrbach's and spend my paycheck. Glad for these little walks down memory lane.

Reminds me of The Twilight Zone episode The After Hours(1960).

Loved shopping at Orbach’s. I bought a midi knit flowered dress that I wore to get married in at City Hall. 1972. The styles were great, as were the prices.

That display case reminds me of the one that came with the 1960s Barbie Fashion Shop.

I grew up shopping at Ohrbach’s on 34th St in Manhattan, just up the block from Macy’s Herald Square. I loved Ohrbach’s. Great stuff at good prices. Very fashionable.

The sartorial equivalent of “makeup by Max Factor”!

The May Company, Broadway, Orbachs. I still have a pair of heavy cotton eyelet pants I bought at the May Company in the early 70s. I am far too round to wear these days. I used to wear vintage clothing and have sold it as well. I have a fabulous black sheath from Lanz.

My favorite store when I was a teenager! Perfect place to spend babysitting money on the latest fashions!

I used to work at Prudential part time while going to school in the late 60's and on payday orbach's was my favorite place to shop. I loved that store!

I love that store. Used to go to the one on Wilshire with my grandmother and then later to the one in the valley. It was difficult to try shoes on because they were tied together LOL

I loved that store!.....Bought my first diamond ring there on layaway.....💞

We made an annual Sept trip to Ohrbach's for back to school shopping and then a visit with my Great Grandmother at Park LaBrea.

Loved that store! One of my first credit cards was an Ohrbachs card. When I worked Mid-Wilshire, I went to the one on Wilshire, but the Panorama City Ohrbachs was closer to where I lived.

Orbach's was known for its immediate knockoffs of French designers due to photos/sketches flown back to headquarters and its designers could get right to work.

I last shopped there right before they went out of business. I was surprised to see it closing. It was cool and like stepping into another time inside.

For Dark Shadows, too! A couple years ago I watched the entire series again (after 40ish years!) and saw the Orbach's credit for Elizabeth and Carolyn's wardrobes.

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18 hours ago

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Vincent Price in front of the Brown Derby in Hollywood during the 1950s ...

Vincent Price in front of the Brown Derby in Hollywood during the 1950s

 

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That's taking the beehive hairdo to the extreme, isn't it, Vince?

I "attended" BYU, in the loosest sense of the word, in 1968. Each Tuesday there was a devotional assembly which religious people talking to us young'uns. Each Thursday was speakers of different backgrounds. I saw Bobby Kennedy about a month before he was murdered. I also saw Vincent Price who came and spoke about his art collection and his cooking. That long ago, I don't remember much about it but it was so interesting to listen to him speak. One of my favorites.

Boy did he scare me as a child in his horror movies,loved it lol

Used to be my neighbor in Beverly Glen. Loved his roses. xxx

I still haven't went to visit his art museum by East Los Angeles college.

I Loved his portrayal of "Egghead" on "Batman". One of my favorite villians.

I met Mr Price at work. Very nice polite man. Super distict voice. Awesome.

He was cast as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in a video of Gilbert & Sullivan's RUDDIGORE.

Absolutely loved Vincent Price!!! The king of macabre!

Do you ever go to The Derby in Arcadia (they have a FB page) ? Fun place! Love the neon. (We are horsepeople.)

He's one of those guys that would have freaked me out to meet. It would have been a thrill.

That's a great picture-you ought to send that one to Victoria Price!

That's a great picture

Favorite Price role: Mark Cardigan in His Kind of Woman.

Great actor but gay as a Christmas carol.

Great shot!

The Black Widow...

CLASSIC PHOTO!!

Love him!!

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