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.  She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community. Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.


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Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant.

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  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 contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article on a Beatles visit to LA in 1964 including never-before-seen photos!
  • VLA TV: Episode 3: AJ Benza, former host of “Mysteries & Scandals”, goes on special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city, La Dolce Vita!! AJ brings us back through the history of one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite spots with owner Allesandro Uzieli. Click here to watch.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider”. Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.

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.  She has recently appeared on the nationally syndicated show, “The Insider” and has also produced television shows for Bravo, TVLAND, A&E, VH1, Lifetime, 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.  During her time at E! and TV LAND she interviewed movie star legends and pop culture icons such as Dennis Hopper, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Robertson, Steve Allen, Phyllis Diller, Betty White, Janet Leigh, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Valerie Harper, The Smother’s Brothers, Casey Kasem, Roger Corman, Roseanne Barr, Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Dukes of Hazzard” and now Alison has teamed up with the Ebersole Hughes company to create VLA web TV!

Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture has also led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles — an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century. Alison has been featured recently on ABC’s “EYE ON LA” , The Travel Channel, NPR Radio, The Huffington Post and various other publications and popular websites. Vintage Los Angeles not only focuses on sharing photos, but also on creating an active online community . Martino’s zeal for history and penchant for collecting has resulted in a vast collection of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Martino not only advocates for preservation, but also points out what L.A. still has to offer, whether it’s bringing back the original Chasen’s Chili, saving vintage signs on Sunset Strip or the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant.. Alison Martino's Vintage Los Angeles Alison Martino

Vintage Los Angeles is a labor of love. It is a daily celebration which draws people from all over the world. It’s the next best thing to a time machine. VLA is also a resource.  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 contact her on the “Contact” page.

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article on a Beatles visit to LA in 1964 including never-before-seen photos!
  • VLA TV: Episode 3: AJ Benza, former host of “Mysteries & Scandals”, goes on special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city, La Dolce Vita!! AJ brings us back through the history of one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite spots with owner Allesandro Uzieli. Click here to watch.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider”. Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.
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J.J. Newberry! Also known as the 5 & 10. This one was located on Wilshire Blvd and 14th St. in Santa Monica.

Courtesy of Elaine Rogers. This vintage postcard came all the way from England and was discovered recently in her family archives. Thanks Elaine!
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Malinda SundMy Mom lived in Santa Monica in the 40's and early 50's...she is now 94 and remembers it well.2 hours ago   ·  4
Alex RojasThere was one on Brand Blvd in Glendale. It's a Kinko's now...2 hours ago   ·  2
Judy FordI used to love the old 5&10 ,these mega stories are no fun to shop in,too spread out.46 minutes ago
Lester LanceMy father managed the store on west Pico and Westwood blvd for 30 yrs. It was across from the Apple Pan. My wife and her 2 sisters worked there. So many memories.1 hour ago
Patty CajeroMy mom used to shop at Newberrys. I remember the one in downtown L. A., I think it was underground, my memory is a little fuzzy, i was a kid then.38 minutes ago
Jack B SmithI bet I bought almost every 45 from 1960 through 1962 at the Newberry store in the old South Bay Shopping Center. They had the greatest record section & the women that worked there helped me order records (mostly oldies) that they didn't have on hand. Those were fun times & I loved their cafeteria too....2 hours ago
Christine NorrisWe had one at Atlantic Square in Monterey Park, Calif.2 hours ago
Peter FieldsMiss Mary Ann on Romper Room used to always mention J.J. Newberry's as THE please to get your toys.53 minutes ago
Ellen McElhaneyWe had one on Pine Ave. in Long Beach. Loved the basement ewih sewing notions, housewares and curtains. I miss stores like woolworths and Kress too. They carried decent items not junk like the 99 cent stores or Walmart.29 minutes ago
Ron ShapleyI think the 5 & 10 was actually, The 5 & 101 hour ago
Monica De VargasUsed to go to the one on Western Avenue south of Venice Blvd....1 hour ago
Paul KirincicI remember going there in the early 90's before it closed down.2 hours ago
Judy DunbarMy mom shopped here and I loved going with her as a small child. It was our special outing and a nice walk 3 times a week! :)2 hours ago   ·  1
Carla Murray KenworthyLoved ours in La Mirada. It's where we went for - everything. Lunch counter for special treats to sewing patterns and yardage to make my dresses for school and proms.2 hours ago   ·  2
Elliot EastonNewberry's was your headquarters for all your Romper Romm Merchandise!2 hours ago   ·  1
Sigrid Duenn EthridgeUse to stop there for ice cream at the bar on our city bus ride home from the beach Edda Duenn Nomikos2 hours ago   ·  1
Drew LiebertSo long lunch counter. You are missed.1 hour ago
Nigel Spencer AndrewLooked Swish1 hour ago
John TaylorI so miss Newberry's, as well as Woolworth.2 hours ago
Michael R. RodriguezJudging by the cars this would likely be the 1950's?2 hours ago
Patricia MoonsJ adore2 hours ago
Rachel TorresI loved JJ Newberrys, you could get any thing there, food, clothes, nick nacks, material to to sew! Woolworth was the same.2 hours ago
Stephen Sasser1 hour ago
Diane WhitacreBest hot dogs2 hours ago
Kris VirgoGreat in those times55 minutes ago

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This past weekend, Turner Classic Movies: TCM showed "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" staring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead. My father, (who we miss very much) actually sang the title song to this haunting film. I thought I'd share his music with Vintage Los Angeles. ❤️ ...

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte was one of Betty Davis's best films. Betty's performance was brilliant in this film from 1965.

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Cheryl HenryAl Martino's Voice is like a Time Machine that transports us back to Wonderful Times and Summers that were enhanced by his voice, The Soundtrack of most of them....3 hours ago   ·  4
Rowland HarrisEVERY!...record your dad made sounded GREAT!... I loved them all!...5 hours ago   ·  1
Rhonda Lynn WiseI love movie music. I've collected sountracks for years. I watched and loved hearing your father's melodic voice. He was such a fantastic singer. I'm going to put him on my Pandora stations. Blessings.6 hours ago   ·  1
Linda WinesburgThought of you when the credit rolled by...8 hours ago   ·  1
Clifford Scott CarsonNobody sang that song better. Heart wrenching at the end of that film.14 hours ago   ·  7
Linda EnglishOMG! One of my favourite of all time films. I had no idea your Dad sang the song which is also one of my very favourite. Al Martino..What a Beautiful voice..14 hours ago   ·  12
Vicki George SurgesYour father was fantastic.14 hours ago   ·  4
John BallI saw that and thought of you. 😀14 hours ago   ·  2
Frann AltmanWonderful to have memories of your dad...14 hours ago   ·  3
Jay TaradashWasn't a big fan of the film, but your dad sounded great, including the hiss and crackle of the vinyl recording.14 hours ago   ·  1
Vintage Los AngelesThank you to everyone on this page who alerted me this film was on this evening.14 hours ago   ·  7
Susan PetrovskyMy Dad played your Dads music when I was growing up. This song brought back happy sweet memories. Thank you for sharing.6 hours ago
Stevi Zee GregaI love this movie, too - it's so creepy and suspenseful. Your father did a wonderful job on the title song, striking just the perfect tone.14 hours ago   ·  1
Don JohnsonI think it was Mary Astor's final film.12 hours ago   ·  2
Brian ThomasLoved the song, loved the movie, I think i like this one better than Baby Jane. Always a sucker for good old southern Grand Guignol. Thought of you as I watched tonite. 'Charlotte' was, I believe they said, nominated for 7 academy awards incidently.12 hours ago   ·  2
Kathleen Kasper RouseJust watched it last night on TV. Splendid movie. Al Martino sag it lovely, I played that 45 over and over when it came out. I still have that 45! I was 15 at the time, I'm 65 now, I think I'll take out the old turntable and play it today! Thanks for the memories!!!!!7 hours ago   ·  1
Tara GellmanI love that song, it's remained with me over the decades since I saw the film12 hours ago   ·  1
Nicole Hise PorterGreat film just watched it last night on TCM- love the song too!6 hours ago   ·  1
Elizabeth BarrowI've been waiting for TCM to show this, so I eagerly DVR'd it last night. I didn't know Al Martino sang the title tune; I thought it was Peggy Lee. I guess she covered it. Anyway, can't wait to watch!4 hours ago   ·  1
Russ BickersI still have the 45 record! I listened to it over and over. It was even on the juke box back in Illinois. Still one of my favs...so haunting.12 hours ago   ·  1
Ricki Kosven-CriswellAllison, I saw this movie when I was nine years old and my mother had to sleep with me for a week because I was so scared. I kept picturing a chopped off hand bouncing down the stairs. Whenever it's on now, I try to watch it. It brings back memories☺️ Love your dad singing this song -what a beautiful voice!7 hours ago   ·  1
Tim HanlinOne of the smoothest voices ever!7 hours ago   ·  1
Laura Holford-GreenThat movie scared the heck out of my when I was a kid, to the point I still, on occasion have odd dreams that I know are related to the movie. I haven't seen it in years, I'll have to listen to the song on YouTube.5 hours ago   ·  1
Vince GaySPOILER ALERT: I like the way so many of the actors in this played the opposite of roles they were particularly known for...2 hours ago   ·  1
Darlene WeberI just watched this movie again last night for oh about 20 times now :-)3 hours ago   ·  1

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Alison Martino Los Angeles Magazine Articles
Alison Martino Los Angeles Magazine Articles

The July 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine was a special collectors edition dedicated entirely to the 1980s and its impact on LA culture and lifestyle. Alison presented interviews and articles on Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go’s, artist, Ed Ruscha, The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and a two page spread on Melrose in its heyday. Click the below images to read Alison’s articles.

Finding the Beat with the Go-Gos by Alison Martino

The Mystique of Melrose Avenue by Alison Martino

Mötley Crüe Was Here by Alison Martino

Ed Ruscha and 1984

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