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 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 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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What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

18 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Fairfax High School, 1975 ... See MoreSee Less

Fairfax High School, 1975

 

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Coats like the one on the left need to make a come back

The guys in my school never looked this cool.

Fairfax High School April 1965 Taken by me with back to Melrose on Senior Photo Day for class of 65. Obviously, before total 1967 remodel.

Andre Richie homecoming King of Fairfax H.S. RIP 💔

sharp! Too bad guys don't dress cool like this anymore

Stylin! Better than sweats and yoga pants worn to school today.

Class of '78! Brown and Beige Senior color day. Across from the boys locker room in the way to the parking lot. Myself and my besties!!!

Slash went to Fairfax amongst many others. Herb Alpert, Phil Spector, Mila Kunis, Demi Moore, Ricardo Montalban just to name a few.

look how sharp they look! No pants sagging off their behinds!

That photo is from my yearbook...lol! The good old daze.🕺🏻

RIP Andre Richie Nicest guy ever!

Huggy Bear High School

now that is style. <3

A happier and more carefree time to be alive than just a decade later.

Is that David Lee Roth??

I don't think I'm cool enough to even look at this photo.

I went to summer school there one year and I remember the teacher said you will always remember this day because today is 7/7/77 (July 7, 1977) and when you write that date down today you will always remember where you were today. Turned out to be true. Lol

I was in the Class of '67....The "Summer of Love"

Which goes to prove: we were much cooler back in the day

So this is where David Lee Roth was inspired for his outfits

I'd dress like that if I could find clothes like that now

David Lee Roth of Van Haven used to wear almost identical pants on stage as the guy in the right.

Whoa. Some seriously cool cats.

dude on the left is styling. Guy on the right is cool too, but the left guy is hot

My mom’s alma mater. Class of ‘69

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18 hours ago

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I’ve been waiting to see what the fate of this old neighborhood structure would be over the last few years, but it was finally leveled yesterday. It was located at La Cienega & Holloway and it always reminded me a bit of Pandora’s Box. Wonder what’s going up now? Anyone out there know? ... See MoreSee Less

I’ve been waiting to see what the fate of this old neighborhood structure would be over the last few years, but it was finally leveled yesterday. It was located at La Cienega & Holloway and it always reminded me a bit of Pandora’s Box. Wonder what’s going up now? Anyone out there know?

 

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Combo Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips / Chase Bank

Yep, as others have indicated, it's a model home, owned by the Max Azria group. This is the URL from the billboard: maxazriabreaksground.com

I used to know somebody lived there in the late 70's early 80's. They paid their mortgage from the rent money they got for the billboard sign company. Back then I think there was only one billboard. Flippers was across the street, trains still ran 1x a day down SM Blvd, and my old Scoutmaster Mr Mogul had the used office furniture store on the S/E corner SM Blvd and La Cienega Blvd. As a side note: Mr Mogul used to be a professional magician known as "The Great Mogul". He used to take me to Berg's (upstairs) Magic Shop on Hollywood Bl where you could only get in if they knew you or you had the secret password. Mere mortals would shop down the block at Hollywood Magic, but the pro's all shopped and lurked at Bergs (late 60's early 70's) What a treat for a kid to hang out there!

I was a part-owner for a very short period @1997 in a post-production company occupying the office on the west side of this building. I got in & out so quickly that I don’t remember who had the main office, but there was an eccentric artist living in the really cool studio apartment with a great internal courtyard behind the Alta Cienega. Hard to believe that was over 20 years ago now.

It's crazy how CA destroys their history. When I moved out here to the Ozark's 10 years ago, I noticed how careful they are with theirs. They honor their relatives and "REMEMBER". Me thinks SoCal is full of ambitious young people who don't have an understanding of the importance of where we came from

A new Tower Records!!!

A beige 8-story box of overpriced condos?

What are they going to construct there ?? Please don't say a hotel !!!

Pretty soon I won’t even recognize Sunset Blvd☹️

Y’all ready? I live next door and was told it’s going to be a model home. For real. You can view it and have it built on your property. What?! So odd.

I remember the ever present Shuki billboard there. He was the 1970’s partner of the infamous Saban.

I frequented “Pandora’s Box” back in the 60’s

Wow, what a cynical bunch.

The first house is where I was born and grew up. Went yesterday to witness the tear down. The foreman says they will be putting in models for Container Homes.

Probably going to built another F*cking Chick-Fil-A. Why can't LA learn something about basic Architecture and realize that SO MANY these architectural gems CAN BE SAVED and re-purposed into something new, fresh, and modern? They do it all over the Country and other parts of the World every day. Why not here? Hell, they do it in some parts of LA, depending on who the property investor is and the Love they share with this city's rich history. But they should do it More Often. Makes no sense to destroy the old all the time. Los Angels is beginning to look more and more like a Mall with very little character. (I used to live in LA for 14 years and work in the Architecture and Environmental Design industry. So I KNOW what I'm talking about here.). It makes no logical sense. But the city and developers keep lying to the public on how these old structures "can't be saved" and they keep eating it up. They say it's a matter of money and how much more it would cost to upgrade these sites and structures. THEN they turn right around and end up Paying More than those early estimates (Almost DOUBLE at times) on something new the public, and communities, Really Hate. I know all this first hand by working on projects for "developers" in the past. Do some research of your own if you don't believe me. It's True....All of it.

Was that once the location of Coconut Teasers nightclub?

I thought it was an eyesore it was time to rebuild something!

How @bout a new Zody’s

something totally hideous I'm sure

all I could find on that unused retail building built in 1924... looks like a commercial building... permits.weho.org/etrakit3/Search/project.aspx?activityNo=DVP18-0015

Was that a bar in the mid nineties?

A disgrace what the city is permitting to be done. This is not progress. Just greed. Legal mind you. I don't even recognize some bits of the Sunset anymore.

Vintage Los Angeles is absolutely one of my favorite pages on Facebook. Are there other LA centric pages out there? If there are, I’d appreciate any suggestions..

This is Weho, so must be yet another hotel..... 👎🏻

Just what we need .... a new starbucks ...

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20 hours ago

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They’ve got good taste in music. He’s holding up one of dad’s! ... See MoreSee Less

They’ve got good taste in music. He’s holding up one of dad’s!

 

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I think Touchtone phones came out about '63, but that still have a rotary dial phone!

Look at that crazy wallpaper!!!

55 years ago, today - via the Good Ol Days Facebook page

Wait, what? ....the magazine for homemakers AND Career Girls......Are the two compatible? ( in 1964 that is...)

He's holding it up. 🙂

Omigosh! This is “gold”!

That fireplace and decor would look great with your Sammy Davis turntable!

Wild fabrics! Crazy chairs, groovy music, and psychedelic everything else! What a blast!

But...but...the... decor...Urp!

Perhaps it's "Here In My Heart", which I loved...

That's a keeper!

uh, unless I need eyeglasses, it is he who is holding the record up! hahaha

The nice attire of the young man as it use to be. Now it's cargo shorts.

That is so cool! We were in a Vintage Clothing Store in Denair last week and the owner was playing one of your Dads LPs.

Wow, 1964! I would have thought 1968 with that decor.

What is not beautiful about this?

Alison, I'd give one of anything I have two of (I'll start with my chins) to go back to this exact setting, in Los Angeles, listening to your Dad!

I know this must thrill you to see. So neat!

Oooh would love to see this entire magazine.

Dig that wallpaper.

Sure does!

Yes! I’m so pleased that you saw this. I saw it yesterday, but did not know how to share it or show it to you.

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