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

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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.”

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The Runaways

Anyone recognize the freeway?
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The Runaways

Anyone recognize the freeway?

 

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Looks like when they were first building the grapevine to the north of Hollywood, coming out of the valley.

The CA-2, facing north, just before it merges with the I-210. I remember when none of that was there. Just twisty roads in the mountain canyons.

Runaways opening for The Tubes at the Shrine Auditorium 1975, I think. First LA concert, and first time a little old lady scolded me and told me I couldn't smoke.. or boogie standing up. Geez... 🌴🙄🌴

Sandy West looked great on that bike. #RIP

I grew up right there ...lots of Chips filmed at the 2/210 junction

210/134 interchange with 2 in the background

I often find myself thinking that if Sandy West was still alive, a “classic” line-up Runaways reunion could do a pretty lucrative business at the box office playing some decent sized venues. They (like the Ramones & The Quick) were way ahead of the curve.

It was a popular section of freeway on CHiPs, for sure. 15 MPH action sequences. 😀

That’s the freeway section my Dad took me to when teaching me freeway driving. It was still relatively empty in early 90s. I suspect that’s not the case anymore.

Interstate 210, La Crescenta, California (uncompleted freeway) also used for TV show CHIPS., movie Corvette Summer, etc.

I drove 210 and 2 a lot when I was little. My mom lived in Glendale and we would Commute into the west Hollywood area. Memories!

Since those are the Neon Angels that must be the Road to Ruin that they're on

2 Freeway with the 210 interchange in the background.

Definitely the 2 to the 210 interchange and the foothill off ramp

I don’t know the highway, but I DO have the issue of the bike mag that photo and others appeared in somewhere....

Saw The Runaways, when I was like 18, at...the Starwood...I had never seen chicks, play guitars, sing,,and be bad ass, I was enthralled, and loved Lita Ford.....

Just down the road from where Lita Ford lived in the mid 80s. She used to shop at Alpha Beta on Foothill when I worked there.

They took my aunt & uncle’s house away to build that interchange.

Glendale Freeway northbound just before La Canada. Been there 1,000 x

That looks like the 2 freeway just passed Glendale

Who else just heard the funky, opening grooves of “CHiPs”

Yes, the freeway is that road alongside them. 😆

Glendale Fwy (Hwy & the I-210 junction, in the Montrose/La Crescenta area.

Yes I do, the 2 Freeway, meeting the 210 at my hometown of La Crescenta. Homesick now. ❤

Fwy/Exit we take to get to the LA Zoo, Autry Museum and Griffith Park.

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I think I see Peter Sellers!

Here’s a dreamy mid century modern masterpiece in Palm Springs! This is the ultimate party pad designed by architect Hal Levitt & Robert Alexander in 1961! Restored in 2006, the white rock exterior with terrazzo sidewalks just hints at surprises inside. Terrazzo floors, sunken living room, outdoor patio, swim-up bar, and disappearing glass walls! It has been designated a Palm Springs Class 1 Historic site, and is now owned by Joan and Gary Gand, founders of the Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond preservation group.

VLA is here in Palm Springs during MODERNISM WEEK! More *swanky* 1960s architecture to come Birdie Num Num!
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It was owned (before the Gands) by Ed Lamado who managed Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and discovered Richard Gere. Ed got Gere his first major role in American Gigolo. Richard was a trumpet player prior to Ed discovering him! They all stayed in the house when they needed a break from Hollywood. Ed was known in the industry as the “barefoot contessa”. He threw lavish Oscar parties and only wore a bathrobe!

I grew up in Palm Desert and I’ve never been to Modernism week. I just started looking at their site last night to maybe come down this weekend for the final weekend. Any suggestions on what I should get tickets to? I was a little overwhelmed with all of the choices on their site. TIA!

You did not have a party, until you had a party in your back yard with tiki torches and Christmas light. Dad later got a deal on Mailbu Lights so we had colored lights in the back yard running on a timer. How I never got myself on fire with those tiki torches, I will never know.

Spectacular! And looks like Shag artwork come to life.

Have been thru this house....it’s beyond compare...and Palm Springs a environs, are so full of this one of a kind masterpieces. Glad I live here

So awesome! That bar is incredible. I can definitely see the Rat Pack partying here!

Classic Sellers movie, the Party, I loved the cigar smoking producer/host of the party and his beautiful house. He was such a square compared to his guests.

I took architect classes in high school. I love looking at houses and buildings and how they were designed and built. I'm sooo jealous!

When the Gands were at the PSA Museum last month talking about Girard they mentioned their home and I was hoping I’d get to visit during MW but alas I couldn’t make it on account of a few other events I have going on here. One day though!!!

Yessss!! “The party” was such a great movie!! That house is so retro chic!

Beautiful, but what an incredible trip hazard between pool and living room.

This house it’s Just a dream ❤️ I’d like to take à Martini at the swim-up bar 🍸

Looks like a dream house. Love Mid Century...

Remember that Peter sellers movie..”The Party” Great music in it. Love that film.

Peter Sellers gone way too early was an icon, great actor. Sure wish he could have been here much longer.

Wait! You’re going to Palm Springs this weekend?

This is the kinda place I’d love to do coke and get murdered in. All to a sweet sweet vintage soundtrack.

Fantastic piece of architecture! Are there any period photos of it?

That's a priceless Steinway! Not anymore.

Wasn't that movie called "The Party"? I saw it so many times and always laughed so much. Miss Peter Sellers!

Ingrid Neimanis would be the hostess with the mostest at one of these soirees!

I think I saw Jackie Treehorn at that same Party! Just dropped in to see what condition his condition was in.

Kinda reminds me of the house in Valley of the Dolls

I think I see Peter Sellers too! Excuse me...does your dog bite? Grrrrr! Lol!

Fantastic house! Speaking of Peter Sellers here he is with Ringo Starr before departing England traveling to New York onboard the liner Queen Elizabeth 2, April 1969. An interesting side note, a pregnant Sharon Tate took QE2 back to the US from England a few months later as she was unable to fly.

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Ja'net DuBois who played ' Willona Woods ' the Sassy neighbor of the Evans family in GOOD TIMES has passed away at age 74. She also cowrote and sang the classic "Jeffersons" theme. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Janet DuBois who played  Willona Woods  the Sassy neighbor of the Evans family in GOOD TIMES has passed away at age 74. She also cowrote and sang the classic Jeffersons theme. ❤️

 

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Love this glamour photo of Ja’net in 1970. What a beauty.

According to TMZ she suddenly passed away in her sleep. Hopefully there was no suffering. www.tmz.com/2020/02/18/good-times-willona-janet-dubois-dead-dies-74/

she was such a beautiful lady in every way. I always loved that great smile, and the way she had,with so many groovy dance moves,but could be so classy and glamorous as well,never taking a back seat to any man!miss you ,miss Wilona Woods. you always made me smile ,and laugh so hard.Rip Janet Dubois😪❤

I always thought she was so beautiful.

She had a beautiful smile. She was a ray of sunshine.

She was part of my parents circle of friends back in the 60’s and 70’s. I thought she was much older. RIP

She was gorgeous! I remember Janet Jackson as 'Penny' lived with Willona. RIP pretty lady.

Boy, her Wikipedia is a mess. I hope someone can clean it up. She was great on the show. 😢

Love her — what a vibrant talent.

Wow! So sad to hear this. I didn't know she co-wrote and sang the theme...I hate losing these 60's/70's stars from the shows I grew up on 🙁

I met her on a plane to LA when I was 14, she was so sweet and beyond beautiful. RIP Queen

Wonderful lady. I used to live next door to her son in Glendale. Lovely family and kind to my Vikki.

Always thought she was a gorgeous woman, and so funny! She had an awesome voice too!

I loved Willona! I never knew she cowrote and sang the Jefferson's theme song....that just blew my mind. So thank you for that.

She was stylish and always inspirational to others on the show! RIP Ja’net so glad to have seen your last finale on the recent “Good Times “ reunion show ! ❤️

She was also the mom in JT. Such a beautiful program.

Loved this actress! Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.

She's moving up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. RIP

I loved "Good Times" when I was a kid.......and she was great.R.I.P Ja'net

Alison: Did you meet her at the recent “Good Times” live show? I think that she and some of the other original cast members ran out to greet the audience. May she Rest In Peace! ❤️

I love that 70s look she’s wearing. Yeah I can dig it. She’s gorgeous

Wow I always wondered who’s voice that was singing The Jefferson’s!

HEARTBROKEN! I loved & adored her.

I certainly did not know she sang the Jefferson's theme.

I loved her! She had mad beauty and style!

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This is what an entertainment center looked like in the early 80s. Zenith TV, a VHS player, & a bunch of labeled cassette tapes. Looks like a Video Camera might be connected to one of the outlets too. ... See MoreSee Less

This is what an entertainment center looked like in the early 80s. Zenith TV, a VHS player, & a bunch of labeled cassette tapes. Looks like a Video Camera might be connected to one of the outlets too.

 

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This was ours in the 70s

We had that exact console television growing up. My brother pushed me into the corner on the top one time and it split my lip open. The only thing that is missing from that console television is a smaller, working television on top of the console when the console was broken. My dad also had a camcorder in the late 80’s but we didn’t have a vcr for awhile so he would hook up the camcorder to the tv somehow and play movies through that.

My dad was so excited when he bought our first VHS recorder with the pop up tape insert and the CORDED remote. He recorded five minutes of his fave news with Jerry Dunphy and then kept playing it back over and over. He paid $1000.00! This was, by far, his favorite electronic purchase after his 3M Wollensak cassette player with which, of course, he wore out “The Best of Al Martino” tape!! 🤗🤗

Here’s one of mine today,, 1962 RCA Color Home Entertainment Center,, one owner set when I bought it last year near Louisville Kentucky,, low hours set,, the Stereo and turntable looks like they have never been used at all.

Mine looked like that into the 2000’s! I inherited my parent’s 1970’s Hitachi TV. My Dad actually bought me a flat screen when Circuit City was closing. Then in 2016 I won a 55” Visio. I’ve never bought a TV in my life! 😯

It was a matter of personal choice, though; some owners preferred to keep their audio and video equipment clusters separate. Those days, not everybody could afford the special paraphernalia needed to inter-connect, say, the TV and/or VCR to the stereo amplifier/receiver (the minimum phase one needed to pass to "create" a "home theater" system).

And there's our Zenith Space Commander in about '58-59. B/W but the remote on the table is the first wireless and used tuning forks to control 4 functions. That's me; 70 now!

That is when a console TV was a piece of furniture. So heavy! Wish I still had one!

We won a VCR at a dinner for Oceanside Police Dept in 1984. We were absolutely thrilled!! Best thing ever! Then we bought a 25” TV, paid $1000 for it, it had picture within a picture and split screen. Years later I could not even give that set away! 😂

Still using a zenith tv just gotta get creative with hook ups

We had an RCA console and VCR in 1981. We were the first family in our neighborhood to own a VCR.

We had the exact same TV with the cable box on the back where we pushed a button to choose "A" or "B" channels. 😀

I miss the console TVs. Kept the cats SOOO warm.

Definitely reminiscent of the set-up in my grandma’s house when I was a wee one 🙂

Yes! We had that Zenith. But we didn’t have VHS. We actually had Betamax.

Mine is from the early 90s with a newer VCR combo DVD player

My oldest when she was a kiddo. ( yeap, I'd tell her she needs to stand a bit farther but I did get a sketch in)

Those Zenith Televisions had beautiful pictures on them,, for awhile,, most of them at 2 years old the picture tubes were shot with only the Green Gun still showing life. This was the era of Zenith in Mexico when they left Chicago,, I replaced so many picture tubes in these consoles i lost count back when I was working on this stuff.

We had a tv like this in the early 70’s - my dad worked for a subsidiary of Zenith

Yup! We had a Betamax, and then a VHS player.

We buy VHS VCRs at estate sales because we have so many tapes

We were the remote controls for our parents!

We had one of these until 2003

This is the TV that my grandma had! It was a good TV ❤

“The Quality Goes In, Before The Name Goes On!”

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