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.  She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.


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Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant.

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  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 contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article on Case Study House #22, the iconic Stahl House.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider” giving her unique insights into the history (and future) of the Sunset Strip! Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. The article covers Alison’s work on Vintage Los Angeles as well as her place among Los Angeles legends Huell Howser and Ralph Story. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.

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.  She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community . Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant.. Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles Alison Martino

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  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 contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article on Case Study House #22, the iconic Stahl House.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider” giving her unique insights into the history (and future) of the Sunset Strip! Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. The article covers Alison’s work on Vintage Los Angeles as well as her place among Los Angeles legends Huell Howser and Ralph Story. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.
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The July 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine was a special collectors edition dedicated entirely to the 1980s and its impact on LA culture and lifestyle. Alison presented interviews and articles on Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go’s, artist, Ed Ruscha, The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and a two page spread on Melrose in its heyday. Click the below images to read Alison’s articles.

Finding the Beat with the Go-Gos by Alison Martino

The Mystique of Melrose Avenue by Alison Martino

Mötley Crüe Was Here by Alison Martino

Ed Ruscha and 1984

Click here for more of Alison’s work in Los Angeles Magazine

Be sure to stay up on everything Los Angeles by following Alison on Facebook and Instagram!


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Vintage Los Angeles sent Aj Benza out on a special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city called La Dolce Vita!! I can't imagine anyone better than our former host from "Mysteries & Scandals" to bring back the latest on one of Frank Sinatra's favorite spots! It's been beautifully cared for and restored by owner Allesandro Uzieli. Our goal is to produce a segment on every single vintage L.A. restaurant and destination we can! But we need a production deal to keep doing this, so PLEASE like and share our video so we can get more exposure! For now these are done out of pocket as a labor of love by the The Ebersole Hughes Company and yours truly! We love L.A.
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Special VLA guest host AJ Benza of E! "Mysteries & Scandals" fame interviews Al Uzielli, owner of LA DOLCE VITA, which legend has it was Frank Sinatra's favo...

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Vintage Los Angeles sent Aj Benza out on a special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city called La Dolce Vita! I can't imagine anyone better than our former host from "Mysteries & Scandals" to bring back the latest on one of Frank Sinatra's favorite spots! It's been beautifully cared for and restored by owner Allesandro Uzieli. So pour yourself a Martini and take a look at our newest VLA webisode produced by the The Ebersole Hughes Company! Click on the link to watch!
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Kirsty RawlingsLove it...love what you do Alison...big big fan of yours..mdo not stop!!16 hours ago   ·  1
Sean BresnahanYou rock, Alison. (A.J. looks good, too!)18 hours ago   ·  6
Elizabeth Morelloallison, thank you so much for keeping this page and producing videos like this. i lived in la for many years and my mom grew up there. there is so much history that has been demolished. it is nice to see that some places are being preserved.18 hours ago   ·  6
Jason PomeranceWalter Neff?! Was Phyllis Dietrichson there too??18 hours ago   ·  1
Sam IsatlaccThis video is so beautiful to watch, it just flows so beautifully. Makes delicious eye-candy of LDV and with meaningful info, and ties all the pieces involved into just one nice video-conversation to remember. Plus AM hasn't aged a bit. 5 Stars.14 hours ago   ·  2
'Everything is Somewhere in Time'I ate up each word and what my eyes saw I loved!!! Truly a gem and the food is divine. The vibe can't be beat...and oh if those walls were tawkin>>>> :) Totally appreciated this #VLA post...thanks to all involved!!14 hours ago   ·  1
Debra StarnesI love it Alison..your our visual librarian for LA's finest historical events of time. .time machine snapshot expressed perfectly. .next assignment should be at his house up for sale..load the bar and throw a party..invite all family and friends. .film it, post it.. who's the real estate agent...#FrankSinatra has left his foot prints..even if you videoed the inside of his house would be nice.6 hours ago   ·  1
Rowland HarrisAllison!...Maybe you and A.J. can do more of these!...for Vintage L.A.!....And it could lead to a program on TV....or the net!...Love it!...10 hours ago   ·  2
Benny Potes RodriguezAJ Benza is the Man. I always been a fan of his. The establishment is an LA GEM. It's the TOPS.11 hours ago   ·  2
Jana Kennedy17 hours ago   ·  2
Laurel EmeryPlease keep this page going and tapes with A. J.18 hours ago   ·  2
Lauren CamarataGood to see you AJ!17 hours ago   ·  2
Joe KeatonI love this page, and I'm someone who has lived his whole life on the east coast. It would be nice if you and A.J. could get a show like this on the air somewhere; perhaps on the History or Travel Channel. Or maybe a podcast like Jerry Seinfeld is doing with his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee".13 hours ago   ·  2
Kenwood AndersonGreat to see AJ again, and this was a great tour of this charming spot! I will visit La Dolce Vita! I promise!18 hours ago   ·  2
Sanjay Sinhaperfect host15 hours ago   ·  2
Kjell HøgsethLove It !!!17 hours ago   ·  1
Vernon Marty RamsExcellent!!15 hours ago   ·  1
Tiffany BelleAnother fantastic episode!!!9 hours ago   ·  1
Esther HarrisThank goodness there are still a few places like this left! Long may they live!16 hours ago   ·  1
Melody KrellAwesome!9 hours ago   ·  1
Ted NeuhausReally great to see!!18 hours ago   ·  1
Deborah FlavinUsed to eat there all the time with my parents. Good to see it's still there and exactly the same ! Thanks for the post.15 hours ago   ·  1
Jana KennedySinatra gave Norman Winter his first job ;)17 hours ago   ·  1
Jana KennedyYou are so awesome Allison ;)18 hours ago   ·  1
Raylene Davis💜 it 💙 it 💛 it!3 hours ago   ·  1

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