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. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

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. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

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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Vintage Los Angeles

Neil Young’a music video for "Wonderin" shot in 1983 on location around Los Angeles. I remember seeing this for the 1st time on Night Flight.youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Mary McElrath, remember?

Yeh, it’s pretty cool they brought back night flight 🎶

Say, is that the All American Burger where Brad worked in Fast Times at Ridgemont High?

Love this

This was how I was introduced to Neil Young when I was 10. I still say he stinks.

I remember seeing this on “ GOODNIGHT L.A.” late night music video program/ KABC 7 !!!

Oz Barron

You had me at Night Flight!

I thought I was the only one who likes that album...

Haven’t seen that for ages.

Welllll...I'm "WONDERING" back home to him...love it...Allison , going to see Rick Springfield on the 16th great seats...meet and greet. ..so i was wondering. ..i really don"t want to be Jesse 's girl. .i wanna be Rick's girl....maybe we can work something out...😁😁😁😁

Always loved Neil’s music, both hard and soft. Such an imagination and always tells it like it is.

Love this under-appreciated track.

I forgot how great this video is, thanks for sharing Allison! 😺

When I think of classic early MTV, this one always comes to mind. A fun one!

I remember Night Flight!

Night Flight. That was a great show. Too bad it is history.

I don't think I have seen that since 1983.

I know this one

One of my Favorites...I post it from time to time.

I thought of you Jesus Woodcrutch

Yes!! I remember that!!

I love this album and video!

Night Flight rules!

An entertaining reminiscence about the making of this video, from its creator (Tim Pope), can be found here: neilyoungnews.thrasherswheat.org/2009/11/tim-pope-making-wonderin-video-with.html

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15 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

❣️ In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s my father singing “I Love You Because” on American Bandstand ❣️American Bandstand. December 05, 1964 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Alison. You are so lucky to have this, and we are SO LUCKY to have you. Happy happy Valentines to you.

Always a joy to see how effective, and effortless your dad made singing look,also taking a chance at a country song like this,or a folk song,like Mary in the morning, and making it his own.great job at selling a million on this song. 😎👏

Beautiful 😍 and how lovely for you to be able to see your dad singing so wonderfully 💚

Classic!

Vintage Los Angeles do you ever listen to the Sinatra channel 71 on SiriusXM? I hear your Father's songs play at least a couple times a day.

Thanks Alison! So Sweet for You to Share!!

How sweet. I sang along with your dad so many times.

Greatness.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day

What a sweet Valentine's gift... thank you 💕

♡♡♡

Dreamy 😍😍

I have this org 45 and jacket

Aw, thank you for sharing, Alison. Your dad was so gifted!

❤️💝❤️

My mother was a pianist and piano teacher. I always remember her favorite sheet music displayed on her piano. Spanish Eyes.

Love it!!!

Great voice!

Just fantastic..

❤️ Love! ❤️

Perfect

My dad used to play this. 🙂

Enjoyed seeing your Dad in the G father on tv last week

Thank you for sharing. Love this.

Totally see the resemblance!

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18 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Modernism officially began in Palm Springs today and VLA is
excited to be a part of it. Next week VLA will be presenting Trini Lopez live in concert at Oscar's Cafe & Bar. Really looking forward to seeing some of you there on either Feb 20th or the 21st. Both concerts will be filmed for a documentary about Trini’s life currently in production!

This is one of my favorite live LPs! Trini live at P.J.’s!
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Modernism officially began in Palm Springs today and VLA is 
excited to be a part of it. Next week VLA will be presenting Trini Lopez live in concert at Oscars Cafe & Bar. Really looking forward to seeing some of you there on either Feb 20th or the 21st. Both concerts will be filmed for a documentary about Trini’s life currently in production! 

This is one of my favorite live LPs! Trini live at P.J.’s!

 

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Can't wait!! My dad was at the original recording! ❣️Going on Thursday with my brother, who ironically is also a documentary filmmaker ☺️

Lemon Tree.

Greatest album ever.

Yeah I got that one

I have the original LP, and got it autographed by Trini. The 'Smash Hit' blurb pictured here is not on the original LP.

I have that album!

Ok I will have to put this in our diary for next time, 🙂 we are flying into Viva Las Vegas festival in April ..

ooooh i wish i was there

My very first album, Christmas 1964, age 15. And I still have it!!

Oh yeah!!!

Scarlet Ribbons

Hey i will b in palm springs next week!

I hammmer in the morning i hammer in the evening...,,,

Scarlet Ribbons

Joe Chavira will you be playing these shows with him?

The best version of Fever. Wild!

Alllll over this land

He appeared in an episode or two of Adam 12 as well, didn't he?

I remember my parents had that album in the 60’s. I think I’ve still got it buried in the garage with the other vintage vinyl.

Um, isn't Palm Springs flooded? I've seen photos, and the reports from my sister (who lives in the hills on the unburned side of Lake Elsinore) are alarming.

Go Trini! Have a great time,and filming of your documentary, alison. Your the best! 🤩👏

Omg - would so live to be there (but cannot!) - but can't wait to see the documentary!

My Daughter could sing " If I Had A Hammer" perfectly when she was 4. An American Standard.

Grew up with that record

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