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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"This is the city...”

Remembering California native, producer, actor and creator of “Dragnet”, Jack Webb on his 100th birthday. Jack was born in Santa Monica, Ca on this day in 1920.

Webb and his production partner R.A. Cinader also launched “Adam-12” on NBC in 1968. A spinoff of “Dragnet”.

Check out the Jack Webb Archives for personal photos and treasures from his family archives.

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This is the city...”

Remembering California native, producer, actor and creator of “Dragnet”, Jack Webb on his 100th birthday. Jack was born in Santa Monica, Ca on this day in 1920.

Webb and his production partner R.A. Cinader also launched “Adam-12” on NBC in 1968. A spinoff of “Dragnet”. 

Check out the Jack Webb Archives for personal photos and treasures from his family archives.

“Just the facts, ma’am”

 

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Happy Birthday Pally!!!

Actress Julie Bennett who was arrested at the end of a DRAGNET 1970 show, has past away at the age of 88 from the COVID-19 it was reported today. Julie Bennett also appeared on two episodes of GET SMART, and did voice over work for Hanna-Barbara and Jay Ward cartoons.

I think that was my favorite show as a kid. It was also my ex's fav as well. We had whole episodes memorized and would bounce quotes off on another. Drove our friends crazy!

If you guys are Dragnet/Jack Webb fans if you haven't seen the 1954 Dragnet movie, I recommend it! Joe Friday has some great smart alec tough guy lines. For example, to a guy standing up from a chair and about to get tough, Joe tells him "Unless you're growin', sidown!" In that trademark growl that only Jack Webb could deliver. Awesomeness!

My dad who worked for the LAPD was a consultant for Dragnet and they actually had an actor who looked vaguely like him play him in one episode. That was pretty cool.

Watch this every morning on MEtv. I just saw the episode about the pot smoking couple, and the guy tells Friday about how marijuana will someday be packaged, taxed and sold in stores. I literally laughed out loud at that scene.

REST IN PEACE ... JULIE BENNETT

Happy Birthday Jack. We'll meet some day. Enjoyed ALL the Dragnet shows from '52 to '69. And enjoyed all the Adam 12 shows that you helped produce.

Cinadar has LA county station 127 named after him for his work on Emergency.

The copper clapper caper with Johny Carson is the funniest bit ever recorded for tv..

...plenty of vintage LA may still be seen in the background of these shows...including a busted Al Martino on Adam-12...

Jack Webb was the first custom celebrity kitchen our shop ever fabricated. In Century City? I worked in the shop so I never went to the job site. Maybe early to mid 1970's. Just the facts, Ma'am!

And lets not forget "Emergency" staring his ex-wife (Julie London) and her husband Bobby Troupe (who played at the China Trader in Toluca Lake).

I watch 2 episodes every evening on TV..they are in reruns here in Colorado Springs..

I loved him in Sunset Blvd., liked his TV work, especially Emergency!, but HATED his antihippie crap. I hope he found peace, still looking myself.

Went to Belmont (my high school) about three miles from City Hall -downtown Los Angeles.

My mother’s first boyfriend, when they were at Belmont HS.

You have the right to remain silent, anything thing you say can and will be used against you. In the court of law.

I live in Colorado Springs and see old 'Dragnet' shows at 4:30am and 5am when I am up extra early in the mornng.

Jack Webb an original, often imitated, never equaled.

I was working day watch out of Wilshire Division

Cinader also worked on ‘Emergency’.

So vividly recall the rhythmic theme music!!

You can still hear Dragnet on Sirius XM, Radio Classics channel

Hanging on the wall in my office..

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Whittier Blvd, East L.A., late '68/early '69

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Whittier Blvd, East L.A., late 68/early 69

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ha! THANKS. and there's a radio show I did on February 24th where tracks 7-12 are the perfect fit for this image: https://www.dublab.com/archive/domenic-priore-66-sunset-strip-02-24-20

those ribbed tights! I had every color! this pic is when dressing classy was hip!

When younger people think of "dressing like the 60's", they automatically default to "hippie". But this photo is exactly the way I remember the young women of that era: the short but still somewhat formal skirts, the hair they spent a lot of time on, those low heels, the vibrantly-patterned blouse.

Oh, and the cacahuates (peanuts) vendor. With his big straw hat that nobody wears in México... Too awesome!

I miss these days! It was so much dressing up! You could go into the rest room and stand to get your hair sprayed! It was a wonder we lived!

Definitely. Much much much better fashion then...

I spent many nights cruising Whittier Blvd in my low rider 58 Impala in the late 60s. Great memories.

I had to look at this photo a long time before I was convinced that the gal facing the camera wasn't me.

Absolutely love these pictures- thank you Vintage LA and thank you for the other pictures shared by people

The days of more fashionable women. Note: no yoga pants!

I love these time capsules! My dad moved from there in 68 and it’s cool realizing how his world looked. 😊

All I did is wear a “fall” or a “winglet of curls” on top! Maybe sometimes ironed my long hair as well, and yes plenty of Aqua net spray & teasing! White lipstick a must and white shinny nail polish 💅 perfection back in the day!!!

Another pic of 4700 Block of Whittier Boulevard, East Los Angeles. At least a decade later.

When you actually had to dress up to go out! Long live “the purse-that-matches-the-shoes-that-match-the-gloves” generation

Stacked heels, ribbed tights, a flip, and a fall (a bunch of fake hair attached to the back of your head). Perfect! 😆

Isn't there a song that starts "Let's take a drive down Whittier Boulevard!" or do I have it confused with another L.A. strip?

My first thought was these 3 ladies are now in their 70's. My second thought was the 2 on the right probably spent an hour on their hair each day.

That's cool that you are showcasing pictures from the East side, as a Hollywood native I appreciate all neighborhoods of Los Angeles

I had those outfits and the hair bump!! Groovy chicks!! ❤️

A couple of interesting hairdos there. Now how about the hairdos of about 10 years prior...'50's, specifically the style favored by Latina gals and others called "stacked."

And Sharon Tate was still alive.

That’s a great shot! I don’t usually see pics of that era from East LA or South Central, thanks! 👍

Ladies, does the hair on the 2 on the right even look like late 60’s? The clothes do however. Anybody notice the SMOG? (I guess it could have been light fog)

grew up in La Puente not far from there. went to north Whittier JH. but was only 2 at this pic. 😬thanks for including this area.

I was there. Kinda looked like the one on the left. Fishnet stockings. Then sometimes the hippy look.

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