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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What’s Happening with Vintage Los Angeles?

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Vintage Los Angeles

Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for the 30th time. Missing all our old LA haunts like Musso & Frank Grill, Casa Vega & El Coyote. Wishing the best for ALL our historic destinations during quarantine. 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for the 30th time. Missing all our old LA haunts like Musso & Frank Grill, Casa Vega & El Coyote. Wishing the best for ALL our historic destinations during quarantine. 🙏

 

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Never expected this movie to make me weep in a completely different way in 2020.

There are so many incredible locations in this film. Also thinking of Chili John's, the New Beverly Cinema, the Regency Village and Bruin Theatres, The Cinerama Dome etc...

Love...Love...LOVE this movie! (We've seen it twice so far) My whole family and my girlfriends and I used to go into Hollywood during this time period and it was SO comforting to watch a fantasy where it was the Manson Family members who were annihilated instead of innocent victims. It WAS a VERY scary time when we didn't know who was committing these murders....but strangely enough Quintan's fun movie has washed some of that horror away for good. Thanks Quintan!!! :-) <3

I love the billboard for Tanya, which was a tanning product like Coppertone, and how it’s a sly reference to Patty Hearst’s SLA name, Tania.

This movie happened to launch on my b-day (7/26), so my wife took me to see it and then we went to ElCoyote. Let's all go there for the taco platter when this thing ends!

I love the neon. Glad it has made such a comeback. Happier still much of the old neon has been preserved and copied. Hated the era with fluorescent back lit plastic.

Missing all the old haunts as well, but not because of quarantine. I'm living and working in Las Vegas right now. Hope to be back in L.A. when things get back to normal!

Seeing the Westwood scenes makes me sad. As an 80s LA kid I spent middle school-college in Westwood at all the Mann theaters. Makes me sad it’s so dead there these days. All my theaters are gone. My dream is to somehow find investors a to buy The Crest and treat it like The New Beverly with festivals and marathons. I actually looked into it right after it closed around 2010 or so....they wanted So Much Money! Boo hoo!

Just got thru watching it myself. Absolutely perfect movie with a trip down memory lane!

Fun times with my dad at El Coyote last September.

Same here. I've seen it on cable several times in the past few days. I can't wait to get back to watching movies at the Cinerama Done and grabbing dinner at all the favorite haunts.

I’m up to 20 times viewing..

What a fantastic movie. Brad Pitt, in my opinion, did his finest acting.

A margarita from scratch, from Moe the bartender

Well 40 years ago on 4-4 I ate dinner at El coyote. My daughter was born on 4-5. Suppose the Mexican food helped this along 😉. Loved that place.

The yellow ‘68 Firebird was good movie research. On the night of the Tate killings, victim Abigail Folger had driven her yellow ‘68 Firebird to the Tate home on Cielo.

But this time you own it. No New Beverly screenings during the quarantine.

I love L.A. and Hollywood history so much. This film is like crack.

One of my most favorite films ever! I was very surprised that I would love it.

My familys regular place every Friday Evening... there could be a 45-60 min wait...but regulars git in within 5-10 ! Midweek lunch was also as must. Miss it

I want Rick Dalton's Caddy, that thing was SWEET!

I saw it at the theater but I would like to watch it again. Is it on Netflix? Are Amazon Prime video please let me know.

In 74/75, A broke jazzer going to LACC, I’d treat myself to a tostada at El Coyote, 79 cents... those were the days...

I miss El Coyote and New Beverly Cinema

80’s menue

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7 hours ago

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Jim Morrison was always ahead of his time ... See MoreSee Less

Jim Morrison was always ahead of his time

 

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Jim was awesome. Just watched this (again) last night.

He knows how to self isolate too.

We'll all be Riders On The Storm come Sunday into Tuesday.

Now that is a quality post - I just watched The Doors movie today and Then Feast of Friends.

He was also a prophet apparently.

Very funny, yet true!

So people are not “strange” at all

weird scenes inside the gold mine

OMG!! What a picture!! I’m going to share this I think

Rob Garcia

Barbara Dawson

This is the end...

No one here...gets out alive...

Lilli Filippone

Denise Haro

Jeremiah Angel Moreno

Ha!

Chadwick Dupré

Renee Johnson

Brandi Shields lol

Jim did say that the future is uncertain and the end is always near. Just like the sheeple say today so I guess he was ahead of his time.

I figured he was still alive...looks pretty good!

Yes but he died at 27.

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10 hours ago

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VLA time capsuleA tour of Southern California in the early 1950s. To purchase a clean DVD of this film for personal home use or educational use contact us at questions@archi... ... See MoreSee Less

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My parents were both native Angelenos. They bought their first house in '53. Dad once said, We enjoyed the highest standard of living in the world in those days in Los Angeles!"

awesome color, but he keeps saying "Ang-gell-ess"

My folks and my brothers moved to socal in 1955. They settled in Redlands. I was born in 62. SoCal was awesome back in the day.

I suspect it was films like this (and televising the Rose Parade) that motivated millions and millions of people to move here --- and spoil the whole thing 😢

I picture my mom in snowy Washington DC where I was born in 1953 watching this video and being inspired to move us to sunny California L.A. So glad she did!

UCLA had such charm back then, and even through my time there. But I hardly recognize it anymore. Same for the Village. Progress, meh.

My grandfather (who moved to the area in 1937) pronounced the city’s name exactly the same way as the narrator in this video.

How lovely! Everything I remember and more.

Tis near noon In The City of Angels , how should Aye proceed with todays narrative to th' dear shaweeet lass of the Angeles I wonder ??? She's like walking sunshine, and when she smiles, we all don the shades of los alamos due to th' brilliance, combined with her beaming Beauty, she is most certainly a beacon to behold ...

Memories of a great time in Los Angeles

Those old news reels and movies ! Funny to hear them say "Lows AING-Gal-ess" . Sometimes "Lows- Aing-GAL-eez". I guess they were trying to get closer to the Spanish pronunciation but didn't quite make it.

Damn I'm old! been to almost all places mentioned! except the night clubs, but my Mom went to a couple of them!

An old friend from junior high paid more attention to this than I had - don't know why YouTube title suggests it was made in 1953, but film itself says 1945. Makes sense given the cars and how it looks.

Barely remember those days. By 1954 my parents had escaped behind the Orange Curtain and taken me with them.

Where do you find this stuff!!!! An exclamation not a question.

Is this '53? The copyright says 1945, and my auto knowledge isn't good enough to tell by the car models on the streets.

I was born in la 1956 on sunset blvd. it has changed but is still awesome

Coffee my Dear, L.A.Today ! The P.M. belongs to A.M. ...!

I remember riding the train to Los Angeles in the early 50’s to visit my Grandmother who lived in Santa Monica at the time. Then driving out west from Kansas in 1958 to live there.

The traffic looks like that again with nobody going to work these days!!

their clip from 1945 is great as well

Thoroughly enjoyed that. Do you have any photos of Leary’s factory/restaurant

I was born in Los Angeles in 1953!!!!!

My family immigrated to LA in 1960 from Holland. My parents knew right away they found paradise!

Can anybody identify the location at the 6:19 mark? I've always wondered where Columbia studios was situated.

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Doris Day in her 1966 Beverly Hills kitchen.

This weekend Julien's Auctions is auctioning off a lot of her personal items. The two day online event will benefit Doris Day Animal Foundation. I’ll be covering the aftermath on Spectrum News 1 SoCal next week! 

It is also her bday today!
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Doris Day in her 1966 Beverly Hills kitchen. 

This weekend Juliens Auctions is auctioning off a lot of her personal items. The two day online event will benefit Doris Day Animal Foundation. I’ll be covering the aftermath on Spectrum News 1 SoCal next week! 

It is also her bday today!

 

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Happy birthday to this incredible woman, Doris day always puts a smile on my face. She just brightens up that whole kitchen.

I ran into her and Cary Grant making a movie together.Got both autographs.Both very nice.They got me paper and pen so I could get their autographs.

Love her!❤️ and we share a birthday!

Yes, so excited, I signed up and bid on 2 items!🤩

I bet kitchens in Beverly Hills don't look like that anymore. Looks pretty modest for a superstar.

I wonder if the stove and oven were as great as it looks.

I like it except for the designs on the counter and wallpaper... of those were just solid that would be perfect.

OMG that was our kitchen exactly, except we had wallpaper with tiny yellow flowers!

One of my neighbors had Frigidaire Flair wall ovens—the doors slide up.

I love Doris Day, her movies, and I would kill for that stove! It actually looks like the same model that was used in Bewitched

That’s our kitchen. Not so glam but close.

I loved her show that came on Monday nights.

Look how tall she is next to the cabinets...looks disproportionate all the way around.

I love it! It looks like a normal kitchen that one could actually cook in.

Where did she live in Malibu?

She was delightful! The kitchen....

This looks exactly how I pictures Doris' kitchen to look

Love this type of kitchen...so warm and smell like home❤️❤️🥰🥰

Is the auction still going forward? Surprised!

I know the movies she made was to recoup the losses she had l, but they were damn good movies

We had a stove like that, gas that pulled out.

I know you’ll be donning a pair of her oversized shades!!

Look's like "Bewitched"'s stove! Cool kitchen, so 60s! ;)

Iconic. To be back I in our city, our country at that time.

How are they doing an auction if we are not supposed to be out and near each other? Is it online?

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