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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8 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Ain’t no doubt about it Aretha we love youAretha Franklin Baby I Love You 1967 ...

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wasnt a fan

This is awesome! She truly is the Queen!

💝🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🎼🎶

"Yes I do"

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11 hours ago

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A few vintage advertisements from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. ...

 

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🎶 Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding... 🎶

I have the original Hair program from the Aquarius Theatre. We were there!

I saw this production of Hair at the Aquarius! An exciting and inspiring experience that helped propel me into my career. One of the actors swung on a rope right over the first rows of seats. His feet landed on the armrests of my seat, singing and all but naked.

I used to have a large Krakatoa movie poster hanging in my office to remind staff to double-check their facts (Krakatoa is WEST of Java)...hahaha!!

Need help remembering, when I was a kid my mother took me to see a live 3 stooges show maybe late 50s early 60s the The theatre before it was the Aquarius, there was another female singer appearing with the stooges( don’t know who was the headliner) I thought it might have been Rusty Warren but it wasn’t, she picked me out of the audience and on stage put an apron on me, gave me a broom and had me sweep the stage as she sang’Its so nice to have a man around the house’ i cannot remember who she was. Any help!

I saw "Krakatoa" when it first came out. Truly a weird movie- it is an exotic adventure- action film interspersed with musical-style numbers. And even then me and my family were puzzling over the title of the film, as the volcanic island Krakatoa was (is) actually WEST of the island of Java.

Look at those prices. $8.50 for the best seat on Saturday night!

Sal at Martoni’s! Such a character.

Small World and Home Silk Shop! Spent a lot of time at both of those.

Saw Fantasia at the Dome!!

My favorite place for Italian food and atmosphere!!!♥️

Got my 8 track installed at Muntz.

Cindy Feldman..remember Martoni's?💙

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14 hours ago

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Good to be home! ...

 

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Alison, have you ever eaten up there when it was a restaurant?

Awesome pictures!

Welcome home!

Dumb question... How did you get in there?

I love Vegas but it's nice to come back home to LA.....until the next time.😎

I saw on Channel 5 that the Theme Building will now house the Bob Hope USO, which is a great use. Does that include the former Encounter restaurant level, if you know?

Gorgeous photos. My mom always took time to go over and walk around this...as a kid it felt like space. As an adult it's comforting looking upon the same cool designs

Oh, Theme Building! How this Minnesotan loves you so!

Great photos! May I use one to decorate my FB page?

Ate there a couple of times, lunch and dinner. Brings back old memories.

"...you'll never be the same again..."

One of my earliest memories in life.

Nice shots of this iconic building💙

I loved the encounter!!!

Welcome Home..................Have a beautiful week!!

Fabulous fotos!

Welcome back Vintage Los Angeles🛬

Did you stop by In N In-N-Out Burger?

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17 hours ago

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A peek inside my personal "Vintage Los Angeles" Archives! A collection that has taken me decades to curate. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I have enjoyed collecting it all!

Music by Dizzy Gillespie
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Good heavens! I knew you had "a" collection - I didn't know it was "the" collection. I'm drowning in a pool of envy right now.

Whoa! What a trip down memory lane. So many places I went to but forgot about! Camp Beverly Hills. I can't remember. What was that??? It smacks of the early 80's and the name is so familiar, but I just can't remember what it was!

Al, you hit it out of the ballpark with this! I’ve gotta have that track. Who is it playing ‘Round Midnight? I feel like having a cocktail or two...

anything from "your hit parade", between the 1930's and late 1940's?

A spectacular collection. I was just trying to explain a Pips Bar Mitzvah.

Great soundtrack choice!

Your musical choice here is masterful! (y) - (y)

Amazing. I'm new to your page. Do you have a museum? I'd love to visit it.

Do you have any of the Ciro's Capers..magazine/ewspaper they gave out at Ciro's?..I have one from July 1948 with Audrey Totter on the cover, and Randolph Scott's autograph inside by his picture of him and wife and the Dennis O'Keeefe's..

Perinos! I used to live next door at the Los Altos building.

Totally amazing!!!

Be still my heart. Love your collection!!! How lucky am I that I got to go to most of these places. Please please we need your Book

A most impressive collection! I've never been to California, but I'm familiar with a lot of places due to TV and movies. Thank you for sharing your amazing life and memories with us. I'm glad I found your page a few years ago because I get to discover new locations, events, etc. Thanks from a fan in Houston.

A collection is nothing unless it is shared. Thank you for sharing!! So fun watching all these awesome collectables you have.

Love the way you've "aged" the video to make it look like old film with scratch marks and judder!

Great to see all the Scandia Resturant items in the collection.

Heaven T-shirts. I loved those. Had one up to a few years ago.

My son has saved pins since he was little I think I saw a few familiar ones

Great! Lots of great memories. Thank you for sharing. I miss those days.

Love it all thank you for sharing.

UNBELIEVABLE Allison! What a cherished collection.

Very kool & nicely done, bravo!

Perfect music for those times...

An amazing collection!

So much fun to see all of this.

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