Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine and Los Angeles magazine, 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 thousand and growing. 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!

Alison promoted the 2013 Warner Brothers film “Gangster Squad” by allowing the production to use her vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the new Tower Records documentary directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 51 years in business.

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.


What's Happening with Vintage Los AngelesAlison Martino 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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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?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, 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 Scalia’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.

Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Recently featured in West Hollywood magazine, 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 thousand and growing. 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!

Alison promoted the 2013 Warner Brothers film “Gangster Squad” by allowing the production to use her vintage Los Angeles memorabilia, and also has generated a ton of buzz for the new Tower Records documentary directed by Colin Hanks. Alison’s latest endeavor is Dan Tana’s, a West Hollywood Italian eatery popular with celebrities and local since 1964. Her passion for this historic restaurant landed her a full-time position promoting it’s 51 years in business.

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..

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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?

  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scalia”, 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 Scalia’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.
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The Tropicana Motor Lodge was L.A.'s answer to the New York's Chelsea Hotel. It was rock n roll central located at Santa Monica Blvd and La Cienega. It was a hang out for The Runaways, Tom Waits and The Ramones. The original Dukes Diner was attached to the motel as well. Here's an article I wrote about its rock n roll history for LA Magazine...http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/the-tropicana-motels-totally-rocking-heyday/ ...

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Phil MullerI notice there's no area code on the phone number. I guess it was obvious to the locals.8 hours ago   ·  2
Keith WissmarI stayed there for a month with a band that was doing showcases from the northwest in the early 80's. The first night we moved in, there was a drum set floating in the pool. I met and hung with Mary Wells a few times who had a monthly room there, she introduced me to Bobby Womack once. All pretty heady stuff for a 20 something from Seattle. Had many a meal at Dukes. Good times..8 hours ago   ·  8
Derek SmithJudging by the cars, looks like the early 80s, when I lived out there!9 hours ago   ·  4
Philip BerazenI delivered a pizza to little Richard ,that would be 1963, good old dukes7 hours ago   ·  4
Gary GarfieldMy mom use to say Duke's had the best Monte Cristo Sandwich in the city!7 hours ago   ·  1
Karl BakerI stayed at the Tropicana on my first visit to LA.9 hours ago   ·  4
Christine FulbrightWish it was still there : /9 hours ago   ·  1
Mark PachoI partied there on occasion late 70's & early 80's.9 hours ago   ·  1
Jonas PaternoDon't forget Chuck E. Weiss. Lived there, too, ran with Tom Waits. Song called "Tropicana" on this album...3 hours ago   ·  1
Danae TornOh no, Duke's is gone? I ate there several times in the 1980s after auditions in Hollywood. I remember they had communal tables and a delicious grilled cheese sandwich with grilled green chilies and jack cheese. Damn it, seems like everything interesting and memorable has disappeared.3 hours ago
Herbert SpiegelAlison, the link didn't work for me but here is another example of L.A. History being torn down and replaced by what??? I used to go to Dukes with a writer friend of mine, Floyd Mutrux. I don't think that the authentic feeling of Dukes was ever recreated in the new location.15 minutes ago
Susan LalloI stayed at the trop when the ryatt got too popular .They would give you 2 nights hotel and I would cash it in could stay at the trop for a week. We would eat at duke's and go nap at the pool. When it was dark enough barnies would be the next stop to plan the evening depending who was in town. If it was near the end of a tour could pick up some more gigs and cash out again. Met a lot of alternative and punk rockers there.8 hours ago   ·  2
Corey LascarisFirst time in LA in front of the Tropicana, a police chase, Johnny Mathis driving by in a orange Mercedes convertible and some tv guy from the '50s that everybody went gaga over @ Dukes while having breakfast. Not a bad intro.7 hours ago
Robert Stone IIPaul Newman's son William Scott Newman 28, died there of a drug over dose. November 28, 1978 at 5858 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. He had injured himself doing bike stunt work and took too many Valium and drinking alcohol. Paul later sets up the Scott Newman Foundation to fight drug abuse. Paul's friend actress Cloris Leachman lost her son Bryan England 32 to drug overdose February 25, 1986 at a YMCA. Tropicana Motel is now a Ramada Inn.7 hours ago
Rick WilsonStayed there myself once before I moved to Los Angeles. (playing at the Starwood) Dukes was GREAT.8 hours ago   ·  1
Jack IllesStayed there. Super seedy. That rundown Ramada/mini mall combo that replaced it is classic 80's LA.8 hours ago   ·  1
Mac AustinStayed there a couple of years ago, now a Ramada Inn, great hotel though and West Hollywood is brilliant.47 minutes ago
Albert LeeStayed there a few times in the early 70s. Capitol records put us there, cheapskates!9 hours ago   ·  5
Lisa EllisWas it the Sandy Koufax motel once ?9 hours ago   ·  1
Wayne ZellBeen to the original Dukes. Quite a show at 4:00AM3 hours ago
Tom JimenezI had great memories and many firsts in my life there.😁😁😁3 hours ago
Wayne CaseSO MUCH BETTER THEN.8 hours ago   ·  1
Neil MillerI don't know when he sold it, but at one time it was owned by Sandy Koufax.3 hours ago
Randal J FoxOld hangout🌴3 hours ago

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