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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.

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.


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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.

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 VLA?

  • Alison was recently invited to cover 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 latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine. If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may reach her on the “Contact” page.


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.

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

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 VLA?

  • Alison was recently invited to cover 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 latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

Alison has a passion for journalism and is currently a featured columnist for Los Angeles Magazine. If you are looking for informative materials, publicity or wish to hire Alison, you may reach her on the “Contact” page.

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In honor of Memorial Day, this is a snapshot of my father with his arms around his Navy buddies at "Jack's" on the Santa Monica pier. This was taken just before they left for Iwo Jima in 1944.

Dad was originally named Jasper Cini, born in south Philadelphia in 1927. When he was a teenager he ran away from home and hitchhiked to Louisiana and lived at the Salvation Army. He met a man there who he persuaded to pose as his father so he could get a signature to enlist at only 15 years old. He joined in Lafayette, La. on Nov. 23, 1943. He got his training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton. He became a Signalmen attached to the Marines and was there for the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was stationed on Mt. Suribachi. He saw the famous flag go up 'TWICE' and served until May, 1946. He, as so many others came close to death many times. One time Dad was hit in the hand that caused him to go blind during battle for days. Another time his buddy was killed in the same foxhole. The bullet hit his friend less then two feet away from his head. Dad carried a camera and heavily documented much of the horror on the island. He would develop the film at the hospital camps on IWO. (Luckily I have a lot of those original photos). One of his duties was to bury the dead. He said most of them were not easy to identity so he couldn't place name tags on their feet or grave, only numbers on thousands of crosses. When the war was over, he had a lot to sing about and pursued his career as a vocalist. He changed his stage name to Al Martino (Martino my great grandfather's first name). He soon won two talent shows: The Arthur Godfrey and the Alan Freed show and had his first number one single in 1952 called, "Here In My Heart". Dad never knew what happened to most of his war buddies, but on their way over to IWO JIMA dad and 2 Navy friends decided to get the same tattoo on their arms to bond them forever. Decades later dad was performing back east and a man approached the stage revealing the same tattoo. That was 46 years after the war. And when dad suddenly passed in 2009, another one of his war buddies came to his military funeral and placed original sand from IWO in dad's lapel. As proud as my dad was of his career as a singer, he was most proud of his days in the US NAVY 🇺🇸

Thank to all who have served and continue to do so. 💪🏻 🙏
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Vintage Los AngelesMy dad on the left. You can see all those crosses behind them.3 hours ago   ·  39
Valari ElardoIn one respect a tribute as individual as your father himself. In another respect, just the story of one dedicated G.I, and his pals, out of so many.3 hours ago   ·  6
Jeffrey FinleyGreat story, a hero. My Dad was in New Guinea and the Phillipines during WW2! I still would like to know where are the 4 girls and the Jeep??3 hours ago   ·  1
Gary WinnAmazing story, Allison. My dad was a US Navy WWII vet, too. Saw action on the USS Ommaney Bay CVE-79 in the South Pacific.3 hours ago   ·  1
Lee WhelchelSo great! Looks like a still from "Till the End of Time."3 hours ago   ·  1
Diane Lyons-McQueenGreat story. Thanks for sharing.3 hours ago   ·  2
Janet PaquetteThat's beautiful, Alison. My dad and mom both served in the Navy during WW2. This brought back many wonderful memories of my childhood listening to their stories.22 minutes ago
Candi Naspini BartasavichThanks for sharing, Alison! My Dad was injured by shrapnel when his ship (USS Indianapolis) was hit by kamikaze at Iwo Jima. In July, 1945, after delivering A bomb components, Indy was sunk by Japanese sub. My Dad was one of 317 (out of 1100 onboard) rescued after 5 days in ocean with only a MaeWest jacket on. His survival was a miracle.2 hours ago   ·  3
Jan CourtMy dad was a signalman in the navy in the Pacific until they discovered he was color blind, which probably didn't take too long 😄. These pictures always make me wonder about that part of his life.3 hours ago   ·  1
Mike McRobertsMy dad (right) and crew feeling pretty happy after landing his TBM Avenger on the carrier with the horizontal stabilizer shot off. This was during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.59 minutes ago   ·  3
Heather Dolph KinkennonThanks for your dad's story. My dad, grandfather, and all of Dad's brothers were in the Navy. My uncle Lory (in my profile pic today) was a submariner who died off the coast of China in 1945 (USS Snook).3 hours ago
Cecelia Wold Massey AttixWonder why he ran away from home. Sounds like he was very independent. Nice you have his history, and he was a survivor! My young husbands ship was struck by a kamikaze at Okinawa. Thankfully he made it home too and we later had a wonderful family.3 hours ago
Terry FinneganOur old Monsignor Bradley said Mass on the morning they put that flag up, in Iwo Jima. I'm relatively sure your Dad was in attendance, no?3 hours ago
Victoria SabinA wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing. This is my father-in-law at Mike Lyman's Flight Deck at LAX. He looks like the guy to the left of your dad?2 hours ago   ·  1
Susan M. AlexanderWhich Marine division was he attached to? My cousin, Dodie, was in the 4th Marine Division stationed at Camp Pendleton. He, too, was at Iwo Jima.2 hours ago
Michael J McClellanTouching story. My dad told me some harrowing stories while in the Navy, on a LST ship in the Mediterranean Sea, during WWII.1 hour ago   ·  2
Kathy AlvarezYour dad, my dad (born 1929) and the men of their era, such an exemplary generation. They stepped up and enlisted! We are fortunate to be their girls.❣️3 hours ago
Eddie AdkissonWow -I have tears in my eyes! Amazing story. I love this generation that is nearly gone. They were just different. Real survivors that never quit! Thanks.6 minutes ago
David BlairI hope it was okay to share your photo and story on my personal wall. Always love these stories, plus a nice mention of what makes VLA special!36 minutes ago
Sheryl Pennington MayesThank you for sharing your Dad's story with us. I'm grateful for his brave and loyal service to our country. Semper Fi 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️54 minutes ago
Ellen CampbellJust watched your dad on TV last night, and had no idea about his military experience. Thanks for sharing this story and these photos, Alison.3 hours ago
Davis J Jameswow, wet eyes on this one.... thanks for sharing this story...my dad 35yrs navy.... thanks again2 hours ago
Alan YollinMr . Martino, from one Philly boy to another, Thank you for your service.2 hours ago
Cheryl B Wood WhittThank you for sharing these precious memories of your dad, Allison. The old pictures are priceless, aren't they?3 hours ago   ·  1
Walter BarangerI had no idea. Perhaps our dads briefly crossed paths in the Pacific. Thanks for sharing.3 hours ago

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John F. Kennedy driving by Robinson's Department store in Beverly Hills in a Lincoln Continental on Nov. 20th, 1961.

How appropriate that he would be turning 100 years old on this Memorial Day.
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Jeff Bashore100!!??5 hours ago
Robert NedelkoffI take it you know this JFK-visits-SoCal 45 Alison youtu.be/WJKqP7F1VKQ6 hours ago   ·  5
Michael Stëdman10 days before my brother was born.6 hours ago   ·  1
Marc Morin-LobelloSitting in the right-hand, rear passenger side, of a Lincoln Continental convertible!!😨😱 How eerily prophetic of what would happen in Dallas, TX, on Friday, 22Nov1963!!😨😱5 hours ago   ·  2
Ripley PerkinsIt's kind of a shame what JFK did to Sammy Davis Jr. though abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/jfk-refused-sammy-davis-jr-perform-white-house/story?id=233793455 hours ago   ·  1
Laurence CohenHe stayed at the Beverly Hilton on that trip, where I saw him swimming in the pool alone with Secret Service guarding him on all sides!4 hours ago   ·  4
Jonathan DoeWhen I was a child ,Robert Kennedy Motorcade came down Fairfax @ Santa Monica, I assume he was going to the Ambassador ,We lived at 1054 N Fairfax,We I saw it I turned to my my and asked,Didn't he get shot in Texas? Little did I know what was going to happen.4 hours ago
Ripley PerkinsIt's kind of amazing that no one will denounce JFK over what he did to Sammy Davis Jr. People should be able to marry whoever they want without being excluded.1 hour ago
Don SylviaThis appears to be the driveway from the hotel garage, not yet out on Wilshire. At least I hope so since I would expect larger crowds.4 hours ago
Robert Stone IIRobinson department store in the background. This is the lid on a 1970 Robinson box, inside the information on your purchase in case you wanted to return it.3 hours ago
Shelly MelendrezSomehow so many people still have the same hate for others as in 1961. I wish I felt like we've come a long way. My only hope is with my children who are able to live and have empathy as we fight for change. I know that's not the spirit of this post but I think JFK had some good ideologies and he brought out a good feeling in America.5 hours ago   ·  2
Eric SeaburyDean Martin also turns 100 this year. I had read his estate wanted to do a virtual reality concert tour from one of his concerts (Like what was done to one of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur's performance). If it gets done, I would love to see it.5 hours ago   ·  2
John FaulknerNice to see JFK enjoying himself on a warm November day, but that false sense of trust of riding in an open car would soon lead to one of the biggest event's in the World's history. Such a great loss.5 hours ago   ·  1
Timothy BrazzilMy family was living in Kodiak , Alaska where my dad was serving in the Cold War Navy , when this picture was taken . My mom voted for Kennedy and my dad ( a Texan ) voted for Nixon .4 hours ago
Marc Morin-LobelloSince today is both Memorial Day & JFK's 100th birthday, here's a picture honoring his birthday & his Naval service during WWII......5 hours ago   ·  2
Enis YenerizTwo years and two days later, in another Lincoln Continental convertible, tragic history would be made.5 hours ago
Chris Armo DmirjianNow both the building and the president are gone. A brand new high rise is going to be going in as if the new Waldorf hotel was not high enough on the flip side.59 minutes ago
Marc Norman- don't EVEN get me started about the Demolishion of our Beloved "Robinson's" !¡4 hours ago
Kathy AlvarezMom & Dad had a framed color photo of President Kennedy; hanging up on our wall.5 hours ago
Josh GieseThe Lincoln Continental is an iconic symbol of American style. Here's a 1968 at Beverly and Labrea.3 hours ago
Jim BurkeMy mom and some of her housewife girlfriends watched JFK parade down Lakewood Boulevard in 1960. Mom never missed a single one of his press conferences.5 hours ago   ·  1
David JohnsonOnly in LA can you drive a convertable on Nov 20th =) Well , FL and AZ too , haha5 hours ago   ·  1
Bob WhitworthI don't know what is more presidential...the president, or the Continental.3 hours ago   ·  1
Aurelio MotisiSadly I was in LA when Robert was gunned down . These are moments that will be etched in our minds for a life time.5 hours ago
Bernadette Sheridan100?! 😮5 hours ago

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