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 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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.


 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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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.


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 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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 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

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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 Vintage Los Angeles

What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

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Vintage Los Angeles

The new Tarantino movie, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” (set in 1969) painted this mural next door to Musso & Frank Grill. These are recreations of Elaine Hanelock’s posters of Hollywood stars of the 1920s and 1930s. They were published by Royal Screen Craft Inc in 1968 (here in Los Angeles), and included two trends: psychedelic art and the nostalgia for old Hollywood that emerged in the mid-60s. There were ten posters in the set: The Marx Brothers, Clara Bow, Mae West & WC Fields, Laurel & Hardy, John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Will Rogers, and Wallace Beery & Marie Dressler. Swipe left to see most of them. Nobody seems to know anything about Elaine Hanelock’s career elsewhere but her posters continue to find an audience among collectors. I’m glad to see Tarantino’s production designers recreate these. Hoping it stays up way after production wraps. ...

 

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In all the photos my grandfather shot, Clara Bow was one actress that he managed to get rather close to. I found a small, ladies pocket or purse knife (folding) with the initials "CB" so, it had to have been hers.

When we were there last weekend, the waiter told us they would be shutting down for a couple weeks for this movie.

I would love to have these posters!!

Nice!

how cool.......

Peter Emmerich Bobby Keatinge David DePasquale

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17 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

The grand entry at Greystone Mansion. Follow Friends of Greystone for further info on how to visit this magnificent, historic property built in 1927. ...

The grand entry at Greystone Mansion. Follow Friends of Greystone for further info on how to visit this magnificent, historic property built in 1927.

 

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Beautiful, love these old mansions. I recently visited Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands region of upstate NY. Here is a picture of that staircase.

Back in 1965, when my dad was working for the City of Beverly Hills, he had access to Greystone Manor and the yards. He took qute a few pictures one time. I thought you might get a chuckle from this one.

My favorite place. It's been 11 or 12 yrs since I've been there.

It's a tragic house. You shouldn't go there Alison!

Wahoo love this place !!!

Thank God Pia didn't Level THAT one !

Been there, LOVE it!

Hey, you just teased me with that!!!

Beautiful craftsmanship!

Sarah Boolay Diaz Eddie Diaz wtf? Weren't you guys going to this??

I love the Greystone

Which band?

So cool 😎

Karen Magner put this on the list

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21 hours ago

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Tomorrow Marie Callender's closes its doors on Wilshire Blvd forever. Their rent was doubled and had to make a hard decision. I’ll miss that Victorian style entrance and the murals honoring old Hollywood and Miracle Mile and of course the pies. Farewell old friend. ...

Tomorrow Marie Callenders closes its doors on Wilshire Blvd forever. Their rent was doubled and had to make a hard decision. I’ll miss that Victorian style entrance and the murals honoring old Hollywood and Miracle Mile and of course the pies. Farewell old friend.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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It's sad that soon it will only be the very wealthy who can live, shop, enjoy, Southern California. Anything and anyone with character or historical value will eventually be bought and/or sold. Lived here for 40+ years and moving cause I just cannot afford it, financially or spiritually anymore.

Super bummed. Lots of memories with lots of people here, including family that are no longer alive. I went last Sunday knowing it would be the last time.

The decor was eye catching for sure, but the food quality at many Marie Callender’s restaurants wasn’t great. No surprise so many have shuttered over the last five years alone. It’s 90s heyday leaves good memories though. Many of them had that Victorian/ old grandma style that was popular in the 90s for some reason.

Happy memories of eating French silk pie, or in-season strawberry pie here during the 1995 summer. So many food icons of my time in Los Angeles have now gone, or morphed into a barely recognizable shell of their former glorious selves.

I’ve eaten there many times over the years. So sad. I’m not real happy with the way Hollywood is going. The last time I brought exchange students on a tour, I felt really unsafe and worried about our high school girls. I’ve been going there all of my life it’s ridiculous how out of control things are. Marie Calendars, although not on Hollywood blvd., is just another example of how the entire area continues to deteriorate. I’m so disappointed.

Why, is that Vanderpump opening yet another? lol

Doubled the rent just like that. Stinks. As someone already said LA is only a play ground for the rich now.

Greed, the great devastator of civilizations... it is like a blight that knows no end.

It’s so sad to see vintage pieces etc etc taken down. The high rents make it difficult to stay in Buissness. 😔

This is indeed a sad day....Old Hollywood must be preserved...and , as you said, the pies...and the Chicken Pot Pie...Lalo

Doubled! That's terrible. This was the best of them too. So much for any kind of history in Los Angeles.

Maybe I should run over there and buy a pie real quick!!! But don't forget the turkey dinner with all the fixins'! It was terrific. The waitress brought me double cranberry sauce without my even asking. SIGH!!!! 🙁

I lived a block and a half away from Callendar's until 2 years ago but still pop in since they're all like family! Everyone was shaking their heads in disbelief since Tom Bergins is gone Callendar's was the go to place! I spent many birthdays and recently had lunch with the Fairfax High ladies there..now glad we had that last piece of Double Lemon pie and coffee! ♡ RIP Callendar's!

This Orange County based chain has been downsizing for 20 years, and only moved into the faux-vintage (?) building on Wilshire in 1985: “The company’s 156 stores dwindled down to 19 in the LA basin in the last 20 years.” (I admit, my time as a bus-person at a San Diego location — where I was trained to use a USED bus-rag to wipe out the large trays pies were stored on — did not leave me a fan of their pies...) la.eater.com/platform/amp/2018/7/10/17555668/wilshire-marie-callenders-closure-los-angeles

Shame that America, a country with so little history behind it, is fast erasing the only popular memory it holds...

So SAD...I used to walk to this Marie Callender's in Miracle Mile to grab their prefixe dinners and pies

I hope the LA officials won't decide to demolish this one as well. It seems they like nothing more than getting out the bulldozer ! x

There’s got to be more to this. Marie Calendars is not some small company. They’re in every grocery store so they should be able to operate that store at a loss simply for the sake of maintaining a fresh business standard

Don’t let this close! I ate here in 2005 when I was stationed in San Diego and had a wonderful time. I believe I had chicken fried steak and a chocolate creme pie. Such an elegant place and another great memory of my many visits to Los Angeles. It’s a shame someone can’t buy the place for Marie Callender’s.

This was a very unique Marie Callender’s. Not like any other. Even the food was better. They had atmosphere, music, art & history. They even had a washroom attendant when I was there. It was always busy.

Noooo Allison. ☹️ Skipping the La Brea Tar Pits field trip for lunch there with the piano player is a favorite memory. And the bakery section!

You at least think there's no way it's getting torn down. Somebody like a Cheesecake Factory will move into it. Too beautiful of a building

Oh my. When lived right up the block in the late 70s, that was the only place open if I got post-dinner munchies or decided not to cook that night. Fond farewell.

I worked at the one on National for 4 years.

That location was stunning. I hope whoever gets it treats the style with respect

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22 hours ago

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This photo of me and Nancy Sinatra Jr. and Nancy Sinatra Sr. (Frank Sinatra’s first wife) was taken the night Hamburger Hamlet closed on Sunset Strip in 2011. We used to see them there on Sunday nights. Rest well Nancy Sr. You remained a real lady until the very end. ...

This photo of me and Nancy Sinatra Jr. and Nancy Sinatra Sr. (Frank Sinatra’s first wife) was taken the night Hamburger Hamlet closed on Sunset Strip in 2011. We used to see them there on Sunday nights. Rest well Nancy Sr. You remained a real lady until the very end.

 

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Is that Carole Cook in the background?

2011 that was only 7 years ago ...are you sure of the date?

So many great LA restaurants that I grew up with that are no longer there! That's why I LOVE the Apple Pan!!

How many good times have we all had there Jessie Stewart Sarah J Stewart Jamey Mackay Johnston and let’s not forget the fight with zsa zsa gabore😂😂😂😂

These boots are walking, was the big hit when I was in high school back in the late 1960s. Yes I'm old!!

Last time there I saw Deana's Daddy ! - my fave was #7 medium-rare please with ratatouille on the side, relish tray..and a cassis and perrier

Rest peacefully Nancy Sr. ♡ a very classy lady and I would see her with Nancy Jr. When I worked at Laykin et Cie inside I. Magnin in Beverly Hills. So hard to believe all these people and places are gone!

I ate at Hamburger Hamlet on Hollywood long time ago. Good food.

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I want to shadow you, Allison! 😎

Vintage Los Angeles. "You keep saying you got something for me."

They use to come with Tina when I was working for Jr. on Sinatra plays Sinatra❤️

Hamburger Hamlet...such memories. RIP to Nancy Sinatra; a lady to the end.

Rest well Nancy. My condolences to her children and family. In deepest sympathy!

A real italian lady.

Wonderful photo. Love Carole Cook in the background.

Loved going there when i was a young girl..

Loved that restaurant always saw celebrities there

I loved Hamburger Hamlet back in the day.

What a beautiful photo!

You didn’t get a picture of her feet

Such awesome people...

Ahhh, great picture.

What a great pic!

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