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

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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7 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Good riddance Charles Manson

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It's the anniversary of the Manson Murders. This horrific crime changed the tone of Southern California over night and pretty much ended the 60's. Particularly the hippie culture. Flower power, free love, 'long hairs', and psychedelic substances were observed in a much darker light after this day in 1969. If you were alive and living in L.A. at the time, how chilling was witnessing this newsreel at the time? Because it's just as frightening today...
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did he finally die?

There's always some fool who thinks "Manson was cool", or some such nonsense. No doubt, some will show up...

He should arrive in hell in about 30 minutes.

No more of my taxes for the ultimate creeper.

I can't believe he lived so damn long.

Good he was pure evil!!!

This man had severe paranoid schizophrenia. To say good riddance seems to miss that fact, just like his followers did. If you had heard him speak back then you should have understood he needed a dollar to go get some food at jack in the box (since our gov leaves it to the man in the street to take car of the mentally ill). There should have been no mystery about his mental illness.

They should have given him the electric chair death penalty wasting tax payers money all these years.It makes me sick to my stomach hearing the news in the 1970s about Sharon Tate she was 6 month pregnant and begged for her life before she was brutally murdered.

I was staying at a girlfriends house in Alhambra,we were about 13 at the time,and her Aunt knew Mr.La Bianca and called my friends mom to tell her about it...It was a scary time in LA...I,ll never forget that!

i don’t usually wish ill will on anyone but he really should’ve gone straight to hell years ago for what he did🔥🔥🔥 and you’re soooo right, good riddance!

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." - Unknown

Good riddance seems wholly appropriate.

Good riddance is right even though I am not the One who will judge him according to his deeds. His earthly deeds were heinous.

I just heard on the news If someone from his family doesn't claim his body in 10 days the prison will have to decide what to do with it. Bonfire??!! 😂😂😂

the great tom snyder actually went to the prison and did an “interview,” and - i remember his relief getting out of there!

Susan Atkins is greeting him in hell. 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼

I was told that L.A. wasn’t the same after that. I was only 8mos old.

I remember all too well

Thank goodness that devil is now paying for his horrendous crimes. For all eternity.

Stanley Mosk and his robed buddies should take the blame for keeping him alive so long. There is a bit of rejoicing today.

Some people actually put sad faces? You're F*ckin insane!!!

I hope he gets out in an unmarked grave we don’t want any martyrdom with this creep

"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy." - Charles Manson

Amen on the Good Riddance...

Agreed! Good riddance! Special place in hell for him!

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10 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Steve Wonder performing on the American Music Awards in 1973Stevie Wonder - Superstition - American Music Awards - 1974 ...

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Take me back to the 1970s please!

Got an 8- track player for Christmas in 73 with 3 tapes , Stones , James Taylor and Stevie Wonder .

24 years old and looking so fly. Band was so tight!

I must be getting old, but the "music" on this show today is garbage!! Where's the Rock n roll?

It's trippy seeing my father young.

Back when performers had real talent.

Love this

What a jam! Great song!

Ali Wallace

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11 hours ago

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What a remarkable image taken in Hollywood during the late 1950s ...

What a remarkable image taken in Hollywood during the late 1950s

 

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Capitol Records was built in 1956, so this was taken around the same time. Probably why the photo was taken in the first place.

It looks like a street not the 101.

Took this a few years ago on an old roll of Kodachrome. Almost like they were taken on the same roll !

Looks like the On ramp and that curbing is the divider.

Not a single repair has been done to the 101 since before this picture was taken, haha

I have movies of my dads from 1956 on this freeway!!!

At that elevation it has to be the 101.

It’s amazing how quickly the city was built up.

I love my capital records !🙏🎼💦👊🏽🌺🌈☄️💖

Ghost ship. Let's fly.

Look at the Lincoln.

Is that Sunset Blvd?

I think that view is looking east, based on the positions of Capital Records, The Broadway, and The Knickerbocker. The car could be headed north on Cahuenga.

That car is on the Cahuenga Blvd south bound on ramp To the 101- I had a friend that lived in that 1930s Spanish apt Bldg called - Chateau Alto Nido Apts in the late 80s - upper left with the balcony - it was located at 1851 Ivar Franklin- He paid $475 for that 1/1 with a view of the Hollywood sign to downtown LA❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ www.altonido-apt.rentals/

It looks like the southbound Hollywood Freeway (US 101) at roughly Ivar. The concrete gore point and ivy landscaping are giveaways that its a 1950s freeway. The smog and lack of Armco guardrails are a bit frightening!

You have to see pictures like these to realize how fast Los Angles grew in the Sixties and Seventies. People like Fess Parker made a lot of money buy and selling land in LA during that day.

I grew up here, and I still don't trust air I can't see...thank God for the marine layer and morning overcast...

My dad worked in the Capitol Records building in the early 1960s. It was fun to visit as a kid, with all the round hallways

We had a 53 Lincon sedan like that. It was a lemon and my dad replaced it with a 55 that was a much better car. After that, he succcumbed and got a Cadillac.

Back then there was no traffic! How cool was that?

I'm printing this picutre and framing it. It's awesome.

Dad inherited a similar 50's Mercury Montclair! Beautiful!

Do you see the sprinkler? Yes all the freeways and roads use to be landscaped. What happen?

The car looks to be a Hudson.

The Hollywood Freeway, southbound, just after the Vine Street exit. In April 1977, I drove across the country in an old van, with my little dog, arriving on a Saturday evening. The following morning, I bought the L.A. Sunday Times and looked for an apartment... which led me to an appointment in the building with the little turret in the center of this photo (on Franklin Ave., at the top of Ivar). I rented the apartment for $200 a month, dragged my mattress and few belongings out of the van, and moved in then and there. Woke up at about 6AM on Monday morning, thinking I was living by the ocean... I had no idea that the freeway was right below the building. Found out later that it was built in the '20s (years before the Hollywood Freeway) by Sid Grauman, as his guest house; was told that Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks had stayed there while Picfair was being built. A little out of the picture to the right, across Ivar, is the Alto Nido apartment building where many stars lived in the old days; also where William Holden's character lived in 'Sunset Boulevard.' Many fond memories... thank you for posting!

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12 hours ago

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Marina City Tower Apartments in 1973. Almost like living in the old 747 lounges! ...

Marina City Tower Apartments in 1973. Almost like living in the old 747 lounges!

 

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What??? Great image!Just saw this as Al Martino is singing from our TV 🙂

Those were the days. Flying to NYC on a 747 , a bagels and lox buffet set up and smoking was allowed 😉

1973 Ha! like yesterday..... Chucks Steak House (of Hawaii) in the Marina. ? Any one remember ?

The Brentwood School Prom 1975 Marina City Club

Avocado green and gold 🤮🤢sorry the memories are too much 😂

Yep, that's them! Wow... I'm recalling being in one... exactly like that ♡♡

Pop in an 8-track from Starbuck and this groovy pad is shaking.

I can almost hear it in the air… “we’ve only just begun”

My friends lived there...cool place

I love this era.

A swinging pad, baby!

Swanky digs.

My close friend lives there and the facilities are great. If you watch the MANNIX reruns, many episodes are filmed at the marina and the towers are in the background.

Are those twin buildings still there? Used to visit friends there in the 80s.

1973 was before the other two towers opened. I think the other towers opened in 1975.

I could do this... at '73 prices!!

Danny Dodge! Time travel

Karen Dixon

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