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. 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 278,000 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, 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 278,000 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

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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Vintage Los Angeles

Cruising on PCH through Malibu in the '70's ...

Cruising on PCH through Malibu in the 70s

 

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Photo from the "1950s Malibu Parents Photographic Society" group

I was doing that during that yome. Loved it.

bitchin'!

Zuma here I come!! 👙😎👙

Love the Bug and the Datsun B210!

Paradise Cove.

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Wink Martindale singing "TINY BUBBLES"! 😆 ...

 

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Bring back Tic Tac Dough with Wink.

American treasure

“Little Duece”

Darren McNeil

Go Wink! Lookin Good😍🤩

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20 hours ago

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Singing a round of TINY BUBBLES with Wink Martindale at Duke's Malibu 🍹 🦀 ...

Singing a round of TINY BUBBLES with Wink Martindale at Dukes Malibu 🍹 🦀

 

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I'm not kidding!

Omg Wink looks amazing!

Hope you had fun celebrating National Record Store Day!

Why are you wearing Telly Savalas' hat? Who loves ya baby

I have been to Duke' s! Love it!

love that place. been going there for 65yrs. fed the sea lions in the parking lot when I was a rug rat.

I LOVE Duke's Malibu. I've never seen Wink Martindale there though. But I did meet Gidget and got her to sign a copy of the book her dad wrote. That's me with the statue of Duke on the day after Christmas last year. Next time I make it to LA, I'll make another visit to the most magical place for adults. Well, I think it is, and it's cheaper than Disneyland these days.

How does the Malibu location compare to the one in Waikiki?

I remember Wink's Wax To Watch when was on radio.

Most Excellent Alison/ALL...

Hey, you are with the Winker. We usually catch him and Sandy in Memphis. Have fun.

My favorite restaurant when I am in Southern California.

I remember when Wink tried, for some reason, to be Win. That didn't work out well.

My Mom was a contestant on Tic Tac Dough with Wink!

Sea Lion!

Wink is still kickin’ 😎

My favorite place ever!! 🌴🦀

I love that place

Fabulous pic.

That is so cool!!!💖

Melissa Norris Snively, one of our choices

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21 hours ago

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Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway in 1935 and today. ...

Thelma Todds Sidewalk Cafe at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway in 1935 and today.Image attachment

 

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On the morning of December 16, 1935, Thelma Todd was found dead in her car inside the garage of Jewel Carmen, a former actress and former wife of Todd's lover and business partner, Roland West. Carmen's house was approximately a block from the topmost side of Todd's restaurant.

In the early 80's it was rejuvenated as a restaurant. IIRC, it was something like "Les Anges" or something to do with angels ("ange"is French for "angel"). I remember having a really good dinner there with friends in about '82.

The cars were so much better in '35.

I love this place. I've walked up the steps Thema walked up so many years ago to the garage where she died. All the same. Nothing has changed.

So they dumbed-down the parking set up...great.

Love history and places. What else has been on PCH but isn’t anymore or has vastly changed thru the Malibu area?

Paul List was a former name on the building .

. In Tim Burton's film, Ed Wood, they used this building for an establishing shot of where Ed Wood lived. Does anyone know if indeed Ed Wood lived here?

I have all of the photos of her in the garage, funeral and the interior of the apartment.

Wouldn't it be fun if you could stop in there for a cocktail.

Came really close to going to Johnny Fontaiine’s last night. Too worn out from work and record store day. You’re the best Allison..

Fascinating I wanted to see it when I was in la last year but I couldn’t afford the Lyft ride price 😫

So remember this wonderful building. Passed by with mom and dad when young. Also many times over the years as an adult. Always thought it would be awesome to live in one of the upstairs apartments.

If only the walls could talk.....

I used to pass by it every day on the way to work at the Getty Villa! Gorgeous building.

Memories of some fun parties in the late 60's!

How funny you posted this. I was wondering about this building the other day. Last I remembered it was for sale, and I was worried it would be brought down. Interesting about her death in the garage up the hill.

I remember it sitting empty and neglected for so long.... it's really amazing it lasted....and was saved.

Incredible that it's still there and in good shape. I think I probably drove by this 2 years ago and didn't even know it 😯

I've always adored this property, the angle & the view, so close to the sea.

Thanks for posting. Been on a Todd jag - she was a funny actress. Wonder if her killer will ever be revealed?

not a southern californian after the age of five, so Ive only been past this building a half dozen times. it always seemed like a bat hitting my face every time. I thought it was because of its out-of-timeness and incongruity with the rest of the coast road.only later did I find out what it actually was. looks like the ghost-pathos was doing the batting. and then there is the Marx Brothers thing, so...

It was once owned by the Paulist Priest and used as a production studio for Catholic educational films.

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