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.

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.


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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.

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 VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.


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.

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.

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.”

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

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


“Birdie Num Num”

"The Party” directed by Blake Edwards in 1968. At the end the film, Pete Sellers and Claudine Longet pull up this Regency style apartment. It’s still intact and located at 1427 N Poinsettia Pl !
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Michael J McClellanI saw her and Andy Williams at the Chart House in Aspen in 1984, along with O.J. and Nicole. When I look back, I think of Gehrig and Ruth....murders' row.4 hours ago   ·  5
Michael CollinsIIRC there's a scene with a Dodger game on the radio and Ron Fairly at the plate.4 hours ago   ·  2
Andy W. ShepherdOne of my all time favorite films. Still has me rolling with laughter! Thanks for the heads up. I'll go make a "pilgrimage!" 🤓3 hours ago   ·  3
Megan Tyrrell McCullochMy bird is named Birdie Num because of this movie! 🤗4 hours ago   ·  4
Richard Ray Harris"oh, right in the pantaloons.."4 hours ago   ·  1
Kathy CroninTop 54 hours ago   ·  1
Annette LilypadHave the DVD....MY FAVE! I tell people about this movie all of the time I have so many favorite scenes from it , too many to tell. ....well ok, the dinner scene, with food flung into beehive hairdos, the drunk (and continuously) drinking kitchen-waiter, the pool scene---shoes floating away. The opening botched film making scene. ...endless.3 hours ago   ·  3
David KilderryThis movie sums up Hollywood in the swinging 60s for me.4 hours ago   ·  5
Diane Wolfe MarcksOne of my father's favorite movie scenes was the opening of Gunga Din when Peter Sellers refused to die. Memories 😄3 hours ago   ·  2
Rachel LeathersHa! My sister always says "birdie num nums" when we talk about this movie! :D3 hours ago   ·  1
Theodore BuckleyOne of the funniest movies I have ever seen!4 hours ago   ·  6
Steve SharpSweet old Morgan.4 hours ago   ·  4
Michael AndoliniLol, LOVVVVED That Film'☆4 hours ago   ·  2
Candi Naspini BartasavichTHE BEST!4 hours ago   ·  3
Elliot EastonHrundi V. Bakshi-"Howdy Pardener!"4 hours ago   ·  4
Kath Mc SchmitAnything Blake Edwards was associated with I Love...don't actually remember this movie...a rainy afternoon will be well spent..Thank You. I do, however, know the apartment building....4 hours ago   ·  1
Paul VelardiRemember Cowboy Kelso, the guy who got shot with Sellers' dart in The Party? That's him on the left...Denny Miller. He also played Tongo the Apeman and the surfer on Gilligan's Island. I interviewed him that morning. It was a real treat, he's one of my favorite character actors.54 minutes ago   ·  3
Brogan SinclairOn Thanksgiving Day, after having recently seen the first run of "The Party" back in the 60's, my wonderfully zany Aunt peeked in the oven at the roasting turkey and said "Birdie Num Num" (+ Indian accent) which cracked us all up and became a standard line every TG thereafter. (PS-Glad to see the location still intact.)27 minutes ago   ·  1
Jeffrey FinleyThe best party scene movie...well ties Aunty Mame and Breakfast at Tiffanies. OK...best LA Party movie!!!15 minutes ago
Megan Tyrrell McCullochThaddeus Hadley read the headline!!!!!!!! That's how Birdie num became Birdie num!!4 hours ago
Jack WeintraubAs a hardcore Sellers fan, recall he was know as Peter. Hopefully this is merely a typo. Thank you.1 hour ago
Christine RoyMore importantly they are in a Morgan! 😀3 hours ago   ·  1
Marisa CastellinoHilarious...birdie num num, howdy pardner, poo, 😂😂😂4 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie MillarI love this movie!4 hours ago   ·  2

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Day Four of The Beatles Week. Three songs (One that was supposed to be up yesterday) are just sort of a mix bag :P I don't own the rights to the song. This i...

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Bob Whitmore7 hours ago   ·  24
Elliot O'ElliotMagical Mystery Tour was broadcast on BBC in Great Britain and was supposed to be shown on NBC but never was as Network Execs. Changed their minds.6 hours ago   ·  2
Lisa EllisWhen we were younger we would drive up there to see the house the Beatles were renting when George wrote that song.7 hours ago   ·  5
Michael SelfridgeMatt Hurwitz. Maybe I'll drive up to Blue Jay Way while in town! I think the original home is gone3 hours ago
Suzanne ThompsonTried to find Blue Jay Way a few years ago. Couldn't find it!7 hours ago
Damon J Goldstein...on Blue Jay Wayeaeaeaeaaa...7 hours ago   ·  3
Adam TolpinGreat song7 hours ago   ·  1
Kellie StarcherThank you for honoring my fave Beatle and guru...❤5 hours ago
Greg EvansThat version just might be the worst cover ever...5 hours ago
Greg ClanceyToo bad it's just a cover.7 hours ago
Paul L. Wegner"And my friends have lost their way..."8 hours ago   ·  1
George A. LibrettiHe died way too young, he would have only been 74.7 hours ago   ·  2
Heather Dolph KinkennonMy absolute favorite Beatles album -- for sentimental reasons.7 hours ago
Steven P. BrownPlease don't you be very long4 hours ago
Pamela VolpeWonderful choice! Thanks!3 hours ago
Michael Corbett Hawkins. Please don't belong...6 hours ago
Kathy NuttallAlways liked this song....7 hours ago   ·  1
Terrie BoganI love the view of the city lights on Blue Jay Way!7 hours ago
Allan John SluisMatt Galik7 hours ago   ·  1

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