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. 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.

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 278,000 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.


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‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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Alison recently 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.

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.”

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.


Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, 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.

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 278,000 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.

Alison Martino

Alison recently 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.”

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison’s latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, Alison was asked to coordinate an event to celebrate this monumental milestone. Click here to see photos from this epic night!
  • Alison was recently featured on the “Eye on LA” episode “Back to the ’80s”, giving her unique perspective of growing up in Los Angeles as teenager. Click here to watch.
  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine articles including a feature of LA Scala’s 60th anniversary as well as an exclusive interview with Nancy Sinatra.
  • Click here to read the recent West Hollywood magazine cover story “Alison Martino: The Guardian of Old Hollywood’s History”.
  • Alison recently made another appearance on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen, this time discussing the defunct boutiques and novelty shops in Los Angeles in the 70s and 80s. Click here to listen.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

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Tony FormicaHey Alison I watched your programs #teambette "Bette Davis "Mysteries & Scandals" & "Joan Crawford "Mysteries & Scandals" I haven't the time yet to watch the others but am planning on it these where fun thanks youtu.be/bdPjVMy_FCU6 hours ago   ·  1
Alana ChambersAny idea what year this would've been?7 hours ago
Karen Nordli SheridanI think I'd like to hang out with her!7 hours ago   ·  4
Michael AndoliniAbsolutely Love This!❤ why, if I were still drinking I would surely change my brand of whiskey to Jim Beam fer'sure! Lol, Thanks again VLA!☆ #TeamBette7 hours ago   ·  4
Elisabeth Greenbaum KassonSuch a cool pic. Also, it's almost transgressive to see an older actress in an ad. I love Bette's face. That 1/2 smile is everything.6 hours ago   ·  3
Lorin CowellCigarettes, bourbon and lots of coffee. (one would suppose) Just two years younger than and from just down the road from Thelma Todd. I wonder if the two ever met.7 hours ago   ·  1
Jill BorakWhat Becomes a Legend Most? ALF this summer on MeTV. "No problem, Bette!"7 hours ago   ·  4
Peter ArceoThe good old days...when smoking and drinking hard liquor was celebrated.7 hours ago   ·  8
Greg Clancey"You can have your Pepsi, Joan. I'm sticking with Jim Beam".7 hours ago   ·  1
Cathy SimonJim Beam, Kents and Yuban. Mom's food pyramid7 hours ago   ·  3
Mark J. GoluskinAmazing ad. It could never happen today.7 hours ago   ·  9
Cat TarbellI wonder if she bit her nails, they're awfully short. I'm wondering if that's Bette's hand, at all.7 hours ago   ·  1
Tony Formicathere is a whole series of these ads of Bette and Jim Beam #teambette6 hours ago
Tiffany Cook LemieuxWow. I really enjoyed "Feud".7 hours ago   ·  3
Leigh JansenHey she's got Bette Davis eyes7 hours ago   ·  2
JoAnn RossIs that her hand? Looks big and masculine.4 hours ago   ·  1
Craig StepanekIt glamorous to be an old drunk broad4 hours ago   ·  1
Ted BrackettGreat Ad...but I doubt she ever drank JB.6 hours ago
Jason WhistlerShe's drinking my brand 👍😎🔥🍸👠🔥7 hours ago
Dirk BiermannHer mother told her to only speak good of the dead.10 minutes ago
Michael McMahanCue Kim Carnes...5 hours ago
Debi Denning#TeamBette5 hours ago
Chuquai Billy[coughcoughcough]...smooth!7 hours ago
Jeff N BrownJessica, did you see this.7 hours ago
Don McComb Jr.Whatever happened to Baby Jane...:-)7 hours ago

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ATTENTION Disneyland fans!!!

Had an extremely rare opportunity to get a small private tour of the back room of the Van Eaton Galleries. Owner, Mike Van Eaton not only has a rare collection of vintage animation cells, original artwork, and posters, he has an spellbinding collection of vintage Disneyland artifacts from the theme park dating back to the 50s! Take a look at this video I shot this afternoon. The gallery will be auctioning all of this off in June. Stay tuned for more details!
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Mike Van Eaton gives Vintage Los Angeles a private tour of his very rare and collectible Disneyland artifacts that will be going up for auction this June!

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Vintage Los AngelesAt one point I almost tripped over something filming this. Then I thought about the fact I almost tripped on something made by Walt Disney!10 hours ago   ·  10
Stefan HallgrenAaww. This is just amazing. AND its so very clear that everything you are doing is perfect for a TV format that could be sold globally. This for instance could be a complete episode. I get script ideas in my head from all your little reports with material enough to develop at least four seasons/40 episodes. I could write a pitch with the main angles/narrative and then we throw it at a network and see if it sticks! 😀8 hours ago   ·  1
Steve SobczukThat stuff should be in the Smithsonian. Incredible.10 hours ago   ·  6
A.b. AllenThanks so much for posting this Alison. Wish I were out there. Might have to try to bid online.9 hours ago   ·  2
Joe McParlandIt's magical! Thanks for sharing! Brought back some great memories, especially from the old Submarine Voyage.10 hours ago   ·  1
Brian Lizarraga LynchI know Chris Hardwick is a Disney freak, and he married into Hearst money. He might just sweep the whole auction.9 hours ago   ·  1
Bill HughesThank You for this video! I was there in the mid 50's and these items are all familiar!8 hours ago   ·  1
Steve ChappellOh, if I could only afford that Skyway poster ...8 hours ago   ·  2
Lana WilderDefinitely an "E" ticket!!9 hours ago   ·  5
Bob McNeel Jr.Nancy thought you might like this...9 hours ago   ·  2
Sandra MontgomeryRon Oliver You NEED that Tiki shield. NEED. IT!8 hours ago   ·  1
Erin Christine WyantSoooo coooool9 hours ago   ·  1
Ian Andrew JonesWow!9 hours ago   ·  1
Tom ChandAlison, do you know how I can share your post with it including the writing that you use before a photograph or a link? I just shared this, and only the you tube link came through. Thanks.8 hours ago
Kathy Sanborn BaccusAw...the Submarine Ride was my fave when I was a kid. Wish I could have something from Captain Hook's Galley (no longer there)....I loved serving up clam chowder & tuna fish sandwiches in my saucy pirate wench costume when I was 18 in 1976! LOL7 hours ago   ·  1
Roger AldiI remember the Yippie invasion -- and how they "liberated" Aunt Jamima!9 hours ago   ·  2
Esther HarrisLove the mermaid!7 hours ago
Marc BerlinerI want that Tiki wall ornament!6 hours ago
Kit O'CarraJanice, check this out.8 hours ago   ·  1
Ken KovacicLiz Kovacic. Vintage Disneyland stuff!58 minutes ago
Erin Cagney NelsonOMG!!!!5 hours ago
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Peggy TibusI'd love to attend the auction!10 hours ago
Diane BourdetWow...count your blessings:)9 hours ago

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