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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16 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Priscilla Presley in BH, 1967 ...

Priscilla Presley in BH, 1967

 

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67 camaro?

I love when Lana Del Rey goes all Priscilla Presley

Oldsmobile Toronado

What is she driving?

I think it’s a Toronado.

When I was a teen, saw her shopping at Century City. My stepmother told me “it’s not polite to stare😉

Funny her hair was this light. This is the year they got married (1967) and her hair was jet black for that.

Anyone know the history of the house in the background? Is it still standing or was it torn down to make way for an ugly mansion?

I sat right next to her on bleachers at Steven Peck Jazz Studio in 1972 on Robertson near Hamilton High. She was stunning. Petite shapely and a Alabaster skin, auburn shiny shiny hair and that kitten nose. A true beauty

She looks a bit like a certain Alison we know...

I would see Precilla and Lisa Marie at the Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset in the early 90s

When I was a young girl and saw Priscilla, post Elvis, with her karate instructor boyfriend in my mom’s gossip mags, I was so freaked out. I thought, this is the SAME lady from the cutting the cake with Elvis wedding photo??? The power of transformation via hair and makeup knocked me for a loop back then. I still can’t get over it. It’s the same weird feeling I had, as a kid when I learned Lucy and Ricky were divorced!

Just thought that I'd play with the photo....

that looks like a house in Coldwater Canyon.

She was beautiful and Elvis too!

There was an estate sale in April at this property. It is an impressive house.

So gorgeous

She's so pretty

Those were some beautiful days, I am sure.....❤️

Alison you need to sport that hat!

The year she and Elvis got married!

I wonder whom her girlfriend is ? <3

The year I was born!

Does that house still exist?

way to cool...LOL...love it

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19 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Steve was the best! ...

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The level of quality in late night TV was almost hard to imagine compared to the drivel today.

Steve Allen did everything first.

Loved this man. Schmock, schmock - but so much more to him than being funny! Genius writer, composer, etc. I saw him in concert a couple years before he passed away. Bought this book recently. Also own Dumbth.

Those were the days!

I actually owned a Steve Allen record called Fony Fonecalls, played it until it was white- laughed my touchis off.

One time a car full of tourists was detoured onto the stage of the Steve Allen Show. It was one of the funniest most original skit I have ever seen. There must be a tape of that show somewhere! By the way, the car was dirty from driving across the Country, and it was the typical family car. The people were absolutely shocked! Loved Steve Allen!

Used to have ‘The Try Not To Laugh at Steve Allen’ contest in his afternoon show.

Steve Allen was great!

More from the genius of Steve Allen. youtu.be/9bvt4HJ5U8c

This skit cracks me up every time www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaNxy4wDv1k

OK , this is one of the funniest skits ever ! Like Steve early on, I'd be afraid he was dead !

I loved to watch Steve and his wife , a lot of love there.

What a great comedian. We lost a lot when Steve passed.

nobody could make me laugh the way he could.

Loved Steve and his show! Hi-Ho Steverino!

Brilliant

This is before he turned into Mary Whitehouse.

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19 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

The Mamas & The Papas - Monday Monday ...

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Monday Monday always puts me in a very good mood when I hear the song. Love all the stuff the M and P did. Great talent. I miss Mama Cass.

When I first seen Mama Cass on TV, I thought she was the most feminine lady I seen in rock

They were such a great group. Their harmonies were superb!

I had a great Monday Monday. It's Tuesday Tuesday that's currently kicking my butt.

I read that this song was about draft numbers being published on Monday.

Now she is last man standing, she's got everything, such a lovely looks, both men, and the longest life. She is the winner of life.

. Except for the soloist, the singers were multi-tracked like 10 times to achieve that tone color... Mama Cass had to lay back to not over power Michelle Phillips, since she was a far more powerful singer...

Loved the tune... golden times remembered.

I loved their music. Cass was so talented.

One of my favorite songs.

they were amazing

My favorite! ❤️

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20 hours ago

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My mom during her years as a stewardess. Mom flew the friendly skies from 1963 - 1968. She picked American Airlines over all the others because liked their hats. She also served real silverware back then! ...

My mom during her years as a stewardess. Mom flew the friendly skies from 1963 - 1968. She picked American Airlines over all the others because liked their hats. She also served real silverware back then!

 

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Still have a lot of her hats

My mom was a United flight attendant in the 1940's.

My mom was a Stew’ for TWA in the early 60’s. They served chateaubriand in silver platters and mixed cocktails to order. All while wearing stilettos. ❤️

My mom flew for TWA in the early 1940’s!

Your mom is so pretty! My twin cousins were stewardesses in the late 60's/early 70's for Continental and still go to conventions for memorabilia!

Flying was so different back then. My first flight was a short hop from Los Angeles to San Diego. If course we dressed up back then including hat and gloves! Don't remember too much about the flight but I do remember a man who boarded carrying a push lawnmower! (I am NOT making this up!) He said they wouldn't let him check it into baggage and there was no regulation to deny it as a carry-on, so ...

United is (or was) the friendly skies. Not American.

She’s gorgeous. My mom tried to become a FA, and was denied because she was too tall! That definitely wouldn’t fly (ha) today.

That looks like a Baked Alaska on the left. Is it?

Can't imagine what your Dad saw in her... 🤣

I believe this was my mom's final flight in 1960. She flew for United for 7 years, the average was 22 months (short stints due to the no married stewardesses rule). Alison, have you been to the Flight Path Museum at LAX? Our family friend Ethel Pattison is the historian there, also ex United Stew. They have quite a collection of uniforms and airline memorabilia (one of my mom's uniforms is displayed there). It's fun to check out. If you go, tell her who you are and about your FB page, she'd be more than interested.

Great days and such a beautiful young woman. Well, after all she married Al Martino...😉

Both you and your mom are gorgeous

A/A handout ring, from that time period.

BEAUTIFUL LADY, LIKE HER DAUGHTER

Alison, do you know if she flew with Patricia Burg out of LA? She's my stepmom and flew starting in early 60's until the 00's.

And served real food back then too!!! 🙂

She's gorgeous

First class has real silverware.

She probably remembers the B707 and Convair 880

Wow...she's a looker...I love how sky travel was so clean and so formal in the day. Now most flight attendants look like they just rolled out of bed.

Those were the days! I remember being a little girl and wanting to be a stewardess! They were so glamorous in my eyes!

I grew up a TWA brat, loved every minute of it and remember the glory days of air travel....it used to be FUN!!

Those were the days when flying was glamorous! Now you're lucky if they throw a bag of pretzels at you.

My grandma recalls a story of me flying from California to see her in Iowa and when she unpacked my bag she found that I had brought home the actual ceramic plate and the silverware!! I had them for a while but I didn't keep them together unfortunately

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