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. 2017 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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 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. 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.


 

‘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.


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. 2017 has been 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries 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 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. 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 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

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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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Vintage Los Angeles

CROSS ROADS OF THE WORLD in 1936 (the year it was built). It still stands today at 6671 Sunset Blvd.

Photo: Philip Mershon's Felix In Hollywood Tours
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CROSS ROADS OF THE WORLD in 1936 (the year it was built). It still stands today at 6671 Sunset Blvd. 

Photo: Philip Mershons Felix In Hollywood Tours

 

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is that the Hollywood sign way in the back reading "Hollywoodland?" must be, because it looks too long.

Just passed by there today and if you can notice and zoom in as best you could... the Hollywood sign in the background indeed does read HOLLYWOODLAND.

Ships and buildings. They are the real thing.

And to the left is where George Hurrell got his prints and across the street was Edgar Bergen’s studio. If I recall correctly.

The globe at the top reminds me of this. I wonder who used it first?

Where is this located!?!

However, it's now closed to through traffic.

When you take a Los Angeles tour with Esotouric, this is one of the stops along the route. We spent about 30 minutes walking through the property and entering a few of the offices that were open. Really cool property.

The offices of Hush-Hush Magazine in “LA Confidential”.

Worked in the “ship” as a gofer when I was in college in the early 80’s. Cassandra Peterson was the receptionist.

Andrew Dice Clay displayed it quite well in his comedy "Ford Fairlane The Rock & Roll Detective" where he supposedly had his offices there!

I live nearby and not happy about the mega project going in that will realign Las Palmas Ave , surround this with tall glass towers and proposes to demolishes some of the rear structures of the mall itself

I worked here in the late 90's for Pallotta Teamworks. I can see my office window in this photo.

Went to school next door at Blessed Sacrament!! Funny memories!

‘Hollywoodland’ sign can be seen in the background!

What is it, please. Tks.

Used to walk through it all the time when I lived in Hollywood.

The original famous Amos cookie store was there I remember m sister used to take me here as kid good memories always when I drive by . Thanks to the historical society they saved it from demolition .

Right next to Blessed Sacrament! The arch rival of St. Ambrose at Fountain and Fairfax!

I live pretty close. I think I think I was in one of the offices a few years ago don’t recall why though.

I went to recording school there in the 70’s. University of Sound Arts.

How many times in the 60's did i walk past this place, wondering what had been there..there were a few small shops that sort of seemed to be offices..I just never knew..but loved the style of it..very Hollywood....and next to it was a strange bookstore with religious statues in the window..

I love that the Fontenoy is in the background along with the full Hollywoodland sign.

I use to go to a record store that was there either late 80s, early 90s or so.

The first time I saw it I got why my folks left NYC.

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8 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Wearing my favorite Fiorucci shirt in 1986. I stuck shoulder pads in it. Hey, it was the '80s!

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Wearing my favorite Fiorucci shirt in 1986. I stuck shoulder pads in it. Hey, it was the 80s! 

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Very nice, so 80's! Here's me in '85, the Miami Vice days!

Oh, Fiorucci! I had two shirts of that brand. And some kind of nylon bag. God, I loved them! I also remember putting a knot at one side in the oversized shirt. 🙂

Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci, he looks like a still, that man is dressed to kill......

The Fiorucci Store in Beverly Hills was out there even by todays standards.

Ok, here's my 80's garb. I know I owned at least three pastel sport coats (red, blue and yellow) that made Sonny Crockett proud. lol! And yes, that is a leather tie.

I have a 1980 Fiorucci canister from NY...so fun!

My espadrilles, ca. 1986 I never throw out the good stuff. 👼🏼👼🏼

BTW- Thank you for all you share. I moved to LA in the mid 80s and love all the old movies and studios. You bring a lot of joy and memories to a lot of people. Thank you. ❤️

What a sweet little girl.

Me with one of my bff's early '80's. We were going to take Hollywood by storm with our acting talent!!! LOL

You had to be listening to Richard Blade on KROQ

Remember those monster shoulder pads? I worked on DYNASTY - I had tons of them!

Those Norma Kamali shoulder pads with velcro were my favorite weapons of choice in the 80's (as was her black sweatshirt material cowl neck tunic/dress!) to pop into every shirt, dress etc. Sigh...

I bet you could spray up some amazing mall hair back then!

You were, and still are super cute.

Alison, didn’t Heaven go into that same exact location? I still have a couple of T-shirts from Heaven. Nothing remaining from Fiorucci😞

I loved the Fiorucci store on 57th St in NYC back in the 1980s! Where else could we get our black with rihinestones bracelets and black rubber bracelets?

Shoulder pads worst fashion trend ever..I used to look at the pretty girls in HS and that was always a 1 point deduction!!!! But hey, I remember one time in college tucking my jeans into a pair of construction boots once so I had my own penalty flags..

I think I still have some Fiorucci sparkly eyeshadow I bought in NYC, maybe 1981! Purple and Cream!

Truly a beauty you most certainly are , now "and" then , the year I was blacklisted in the "industry" by the way , oh well , we can't all be ,"Universally" Correct . . . ! ! ! Never say anything in public OR private That you would not state from a podium to the World ! ! ! For there are eyes and ears ever'where ! And you better believe it ! A tree may fall in th' woods in silence , though one word spoken in err an' ye shall be shunned with a bold scarlet letter for all to see ! And that letter shall be , A-Z for me , therefore I accept my judgement , thankfully I am a hermit of sorts and don't mind the cold shoulder of , " The Shunning " .

In 79', I wore my Fiorucci slacks, silk shirt, and ascot on the dance floor at a disco on the outskirts of Frisco'....I looked like a still as I was dressed to kill...so some girl would sing later in a song....and I always thought nobody noticed me!

You were (and are) a real kitty, Alison.

OMG! Shoulder pads in the t-shirt! I did that. And forgot all about it. Actually small lil shoulder pads would be kind of cute in a T...

I miss shoulder pads still.

Haha, everybody had shoulder pads back then. Even guys! I look forward to the stuff you post. Lived here all my life, so many things you post brings back memories.

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11 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Paying tribute to actress, Dorothy Malone, who we lost this past weekend at age 93. Here's a screen grab of her and Rock Hudson in the 1956 technicolor film, WRITTEN ON THE WIND. Dorothy won an an Oscar for this performance.

Check out all the oil wells in the distance. I imagine this was filmed in the old Long Beach area. What do you think?
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Paying tribute to actress, Dorothy Malone, who we lost this past weekend at age 93. Heres a screen grab of her and Rock Hudson in the 1956 technicolor  film, WRITTEN ON THE WIND. Dorothy won an an Oscar for this performance. 

Check out all the oil wells in the distance. I imagine this was filmed in the old Long Beach area. What do you think?

 

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It might have been filmed in Signal Hill.

It must've been a sound stage? Recently saw this film. In this scene, Dorothy is wildly moving the steering wheel even though she's driving in a straight line and barely does she take her eyes off Rock to look at the road. Actually pretty funny :- )

Even into the early-60's these derricks were up on Signal Hill. There was a restaurant on the Hill my Dad liked but I can't recall anything except the derricks around and about it.

Her coloring was so awful. It's so strange that she became more famous after she discovered the peroxide and grey eye shadow, she was so much better looking as a brunette. Even in this still, her skin and hair seem to be the same shade of greige.

I wonder what car they are driving. Looks like it might be an old ferrari.

Signal Hill, Long Beach, Baldwin Hills, could be

Or old Venice...imdb only has the studio filming locations

filmed on backlot using stock footage

The house used in the film is on Rosalind Road in San Marino.

Signal Hill, methinks. I can almost smell it still!

Looks like it. Remember getting tar on your feet at the beach?

Found it. Pretty obscure American made sports car www.americansportscars.com/wildfire.html

Wilmington, San Pedro and Terminal Island looked like that when my father was a longshorman back in the 70's.

Sorry to hear of this about Dorothy. She was ever-so-sweet. My deepest condolences. I am going to visit her movie now.

if it was smell-o-vision it would smell like oil!!

When my former husband and I bought our 1st house near La Cienega and Washington, we didn't know that we had to sign something regarding oil rights under our home...don't know if its still like that in the area...20 odd years ago I was acquainted with some pepple near Pico and Robertson who had something re oil rights under their property...think of that whole area, La Brea Tar Pits, working oil well @ Beverly Hills High School, metane detectors in the stores around Farmers Market and the explosion at Ross

I knew her a little bit. She was an awesome person

Torrance had some similar stretches of road back in the day, also.

Sad but 93 WOW That's a Blessing 🙏 Beautiful Lady

Or Huntington Beach.

I remember those wells. I know there were lots of them, sometimes seen in odd places (or as a kid I thought it odd). I think my great grandparents owned a few of those things at one time. Wow 🙂

I just read 10 reviews and discuss ions about the movie and they all reference her red sports car without naming it.

I remember several places like this in e old films. Yes, Long Beach, Signal Hill, I remember some I could positively identify as El Segundo also.

One of the rarest cars ever, Kaiser Darin, where the doors slid into the fenders. Man!

Loved Peyton Place TV show back in the 60's with Dorothy Malone,she was so pretty and I loved her voice. RIP

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