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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6 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Johnny Carson asked Bette Davis “what is the best way an aspiring actress could set into Hollywood”. Ms Davis said “Take Fountain!”.

Mural located on Fountain, naturally
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Johnny Carson asked Bette Davis “what is the best way an aspiring actress could set into Hollywood”. Ms Davis said “Take Fountain!”. 

Mural located on Fountain, naturally

 

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My old block. The bar was called The Grasshopper. The inside can be seen in "Barfly"

That doesn't look anything like Johnny Carson! 😉

“get” into hollywood.

Scott Stanton otherwise known as Panhandle Slim, had an art exhibit in my shop on that block and was kind enough to volunteer to paint that!

Anyone who lived in Hollywood took Fountain ave always.

Would have been so much better had the street sign been for Fountain!

. Cinderella, she seems so easy, "It takes one to know one, " she smiles And puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style And in comes Romeo, he's moaning. "You Belong to Me I Believe" And someone says, "You're in the wrong place, my friend, you'd better leave" And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go Is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row... Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan, Desolation Row

Friends back east...Fountain is one of the roads into Hollywood of course~

Gotta love her...my kind of actress..no time for b.s.

My dad was born at the old Cedars of Lebanon (now Scientology) on Fountain in East Hollywood in 1932 - and my mom was born in some clinic on Fountain in West Hollywood which no longer exists, in 1934.

A variation on a very old joke: Tourist: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" New Yorker: "Practice, kid, practice!"

My apartment was on Fountain, best accident corner in Hollywood at Gardner. I would set out a land line phone with a long cord to call into the insurance companies, and on occasion I would offer coffee to the victims.

Fountain Ave was less crowded on weekends

Still good heading east until you hit La Brea. Then it's stop sign city.

Yes, I believe She had a cigarette, and was custom to smoke 💨 on Air, in those Times. Along with Dino, Sammy, and even His side kick Ed Mcmahon

Oh Great! Bette let the cat out of the bag! Now everybody takes packs onto Fountain!

Ms.?

Yep, just told a friend about this the other day. No longer holds true, however.

This is right where I lived in 1979-1982

I pass by this a few times a week. I only live about half a mile down from this. Brilliant.

I think Libby Knudsen had this painted when she had her shop, Ranch and Roll, a few doors down.

That’s just up around my corner! See it everyday.

I remember that but didn't know there was a mural!! Thanks for sharing this!!

Lived on that block as a child back in the 70s and 80s 😀

There was no telling how many sheets to the wind she was.

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16 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

“To all my friends” thanks for following, commenting & contributing to VLA! 🥃

Interior bar scene from BARFLY shot at Big Ed's on Washington. Ending song, Booker T. & the MG’s.finale bar scene from "Barfly" movie + Hip Hug-Her (Slayd5000) ending theme by Booker T. & The MGs band.
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I worked at Culver studios from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s and big Ed’s was the place to go, what a cast of car-actors that went there, I would go in with 8 people everyone order a drink give Bucky the bar tender 10 bucks and you’d get change back, there was a painting on the wall of Big Ed Swartz on a stage coach with a whip hauling ass, fun days..👍

I love this movie. No other movie that I know of can inspire a person to drink, AND inspire the same person not to drink.

Steve Cropper and BT, what could be better? Booker and his son Ted have been touring, Go see them, Booker plays the Guitar also- I had a great time w/ them in Hotlanta about a year ago !

It's a pleasure follow you Alison, VLA always keeps us informed 😄

One of my favorite films! ❤️

Great movie. Mickey Rourke. Who doesn’t love Booker T and the MGs? My phone ring has been Green Onions for years.

Great movie

I love everything about that movie, from the Charles Bukowski screenplay to Mickey Rourke to the ever-present theme music of Booker T & the mg's hip hug her.

"Don't you hate cops?" "No. But I feel better when they're not around..."

Love this movie (or any with Mickey O'Rourke in).

I can't remember the names anymore, but some of the bars in the opening montage were still around when I lived in LA. Went to a couple of them and man, dive bar would be a five star glowing review!

"It' a cage baby....a cage with golden bars!" Classic.

Thank You so much for sharing so much cool stuff.

By the end of this movie the clanking of bottles made me sick to my stomach!

Knew Big Ed and his wife and son. Always was in Black. Nice people.

Thank you for such an informative and fun page!

Great movie, thx for sharing

Green Onions one of my favorite songs.

❤️ VLA❤️

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21 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Hmmm, 🤔

The first two photos of are of Sunset Strip during the 1930s. The 1st one is Sunset and Doheny. The second historic shot is The Garden Of Allah at Sunset and Crescent Heights (demolished in 1959)

The second two are the future. These are two proposed developments that are currently being approved. The 3rd photo is a rendering of a proposed hotel near Sunset and Doheny and the 4th is a rendering by architect Frank Gehry of Sunset and Crescent Heights. Are we headed into a full blown Blade Runner reality or is this city just suffering an architectural nervous breakdown? And hey, if you like these new developments, please don’t hold back! Let’s discuss which architecture you prefer.
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If #3 isn't the world's largest IHOP they're missing a golden opportunity.

Garden of Allah should never have been demolished. That said, the new development is 100x better than what is currently there. I also really like the new hotel near Doheny. Sometimes new is better.

Ick!! I wish they would make new buildings that looked like the old vintage era that we love. There was so much charm and character to architecture back in the day. They could make new buildings as a tribute to the past eras that made Los Angeles so iconic.

No to both designs I like the old school buildings with charm and character build a building that blends with the current buildings New and modern is not always best

I'm so disappointed to see that most of you are such Luddites. This is progress and the new architecture is better than the old architecture. Of course, that is not always true, but we had the decrepit Garden of Allah replaced by the "horrid" Litton Savings building (and I am quoting the very article that Allison posted about the Garden of Allah) that both deserved to be demolished. I don't know about all of you others, but I grew up in the 50s and 60s with all that mid-century crap for which I have never had any affection. I think that people in Allison's generation and my own daughters' millennial generation have developed some sort of nostalgia for mid-century modern that I feel is misplaced. Granted, there were some classic designs but that nostalgia has blinded them to new architecture and progress.

3rd photo is great (if you like pancakes that is)!!! 🙁

The beauty of Los Angeles (was/is) our sunlight. I grew up on Doheny just south of Sunset. Can't look at this. Heartbreaking.

The 3rd photo looks like the capitol records building on LSD.

My mother-in-law purchased in the ‘70s a small house not far from Sunset and Doheny. An immigrant and survivor of the Holocaust, it was her dream come true. The house was sold about five years ago when she had to move to assisted living. The charming, Spanish-style home is now a giant cinder block that swallows up the entire lot. Her orange and fig trees are gone, as is the beauty of the street. It’s all very sad.

#4 will be one block from the corner where I lived in the 70's (Laurel Av. & Sunset). There are no words. The charm and history of Hollywood and all it stood for no longer exists. Nothing to see and experience but the superficiality of those whose cheap buck has brought down a very real Sodom and Gomorrah that was fun, historical, and meant something. Now, it means nothing.

It’s not that I’m totally opposed to new architecture, there are modern buildings I love, though I most often prefer older eras. But I am not a fan of Gehry. For me, his designs always look like he just crumples paper, tosses it on a table, and that’s what he decides to build.

Oh, dear Lord, rebuild 1930s style - the future designs are hideous!

I love the old buildings.

I call this "crashed spaceship architecture" and it's littered all over Culver City - it's hideous and wears thin fast. Too much being torn down and replaced with overly modern, already boring style buildings. It make me so mad and nauseous. 🤢

I live around the corner from the Crescent Heights project and I cannot wait. The current strip mall that's there is beyond awful, the bank building is an eyesore. If Gardens of Allah were still there I would be fighting to save it, but its time for progress and development.

We need laws to stop this madness. It is f-ing out of control and benefiting absolutely no one but developers and politicians.

I can understand that the older buildings may not be practical, but I wish they could keep the aesthetic, maybe the facades. I like Disney Hall, but a whole city of Frank Ghery would make me dizzy.

Imagine you're living in 1930 and trying to argue to save this shack and outhouse that's been sitting at some corner of town for 80 yrs that's barely been used the last few decades. That's what some of these old 100 yr structures are. As much as we want to save every old structure. Certain ones just arent worth saving since they cant be repurposed to the needs of the future. Move on. Bring on new development.

Architectural nervous breakdown. I blame Gehry and all his followers who seem to think that buildings should make people uncomfortable when we look at them. And people who are obsessed with novelty for the sake of novelty.

Lets hope the Strip doesn't become the "Museum of the New" to use a Larry Mc Murtury phrase.... Seems to be no respect for the past, or tradition...None.

Loved the original architecture. I worked at the Kohner Agency back in late 80's at the Doheny/Sunset building. Old world charm is giving way to modern chrome and glass.

Folks, there's profit to be made in preserving history, if just the joy of history and historic buildings isn't incentive enough secretlosangeles.com/things-to-do/highland-park-bowl/

This does not provoke the words charm and beauty to me as the older buildings do.

The proposed hotel looks like someone melted the stack of vinyl records on the Capitol Records building.

That building would have become iconic if it had survived.

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22 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Bewitched! 🎃 ...

Bewitched! 🎃

 

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I trick or treated on Roxbury Drive. Ms Moorehead would dress as Endora and sit under a tree on her front lawn.

didn't know why Samantha was attracted to Darren - but loved this show and the opening credits - Endora was fascinating and Tabitha a doll - of course Samantha was enchanting and gorgeous

I was named after this show. 🙂

My Mom and Dad used to get into a fight every Thursday night cause the kids wanted to watch Bewitched and my Dad wanted to watch boxing from the Shrine Auditorium

Such a great show. As a kid I wanted to be Endora. Luv’d her and the powers they all had. 🙂

My school mate, Erin Murphy (and twin Diane) in Lake Forest, CA. Erin was very down to Earth and a sweet Girl.

Samantha was my second TV mom crush as a young boy after Mrs Stone (Donna Reed)

Inside those twin pumpkins lie the spirits of the Two Darrins! 🎃🎃

I loved this show & have wished countless times that I had Samantha's power!

Mike Poirier our grandchildren 😉

First time I was introduced to Agnes Moorehead (on film or TV) on Bewitched, after, I learned about her earlier films, she was lovely talented actress, loved Endora 😎🍸✌️💙

I have this photo autographed by Erin Murphy years ago. I loved this show.

I loved that show...never missed it! So many great character actors on that show. We lost Elizabeth Montgomery much too soon; she was a charming actress!!!

Gladys Kravitz, we always had someone like her in the neighborhood.

You still love it now that your grew!

The good old days 😄❤️❤️

Loved Endora!

I would see Elizabeth Montgomery at Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset all the time

Sharing( ^-^)ノ∠※。.:*:・'°☆Thank-you for your posting🎩

Thursday Nights 🤣

One of my all time top fave shows as a kid in the 60's! I still love watching it!

Sally Field said nice things about Elizabeth Montgomery in her new book. It's a great book.

I loved this show 👍

Legends

LOVED that show when I was little!!

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