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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.


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‘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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Star Wars playing at the ABC Entertainment Center once located on Ave Of The Stars in Century City. I remember seeing "Jaws II", "Arthur" and one two the greatest cinema experiences of my life, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Poltergeist at this theatre. Who remembers those giant red rocking chairs?

This complex was a mid century modern marvel that included the Plitt Movie Theater (also site of the Annual Los Angeles International Film Exposition - Filmex), the Shubert Theatre (some of you may have seen Beatlemania, CATS The Musical, A Chorus Line,or EVITA there). It was also home to clubs and restaurants such as the Playboy Club, Harry's Bar (I recall seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber having dinner there one evening) and Jade West. Sadly it was demolished in 2004 for an agency called CAA that includes a $25 per 1/2-hour parking structure.
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Vintage Los AngelesI also Fiddler On the Roof at the Shubert saw Stone's "Platoon" there. I just remember everyone walking out like zombies, wondering around the plaza. They couldn't process what they saw. It's UNREAL to me that this complex was demolished. That's what I can't process23 hours ago   ·  26
Ed HowardBeen there! And the Playboy Club too! I even kept one of the original drink stirrers from the Playboy Club! PS I used to work for the main competitor of CAA back then: WMA !22 hours ago   ·  10
Yale HollanderMy family spent every Christmas vacation at the Century Plaza between 1974 and 1978. I remember Froman's Deli (later Sport's,) Harry's Bar, Jade West, the Playboy Club (never got into that one, seeing as how I was a kid) and the theaters. I saw A Chorus Line in 77. I also remember being allowed to roam the complex without any supervision - I doubt many 9 year olds would have that privilege today. One other thing I will always remember is that every New Year's Eve a sax player would stand out front by the driveway and play well into the wee hours of New Year's morning.20 hours ago   ·  1
Brad EricksonOne of the greatest auditoriums ever. A great seat wherever you sat. Puts these crappy AMC theatres to shame.22 hours ago   ·  19
Ellyn Weber-BynumSaw Ghandi at the Plitt, Dream Girls at the Shubert, and celebrated my 21st birthday at the Playboy Club...memories! 😊21 hours ago   ·  3
Michelle WhitingSaw A Chorus Line in 1976....but honestly this is one vintage LA building that I was thrilled to see go..the whole cheesy bad concept was just an eyesore. While I loved having dinner at Harry's Bar, the rest was just a maze of crummy stores, bad delis and escalators23 hours ago   ·  4
Rhonda Lynn WiseI always felt those were the theaters to see an epic in. I saw "Gandhi" in 1982 in one of the theaters. Loved those rocking chairs. The Plitt. Great memories.23 hours ago   ·  2
Michael Corbett Hawkins. I remember the Plitt had rocking chairs... I saw The Right Stuff there...22 hours ago   ·  2
Alan GibsonWhy was it demolished?20 hours ago   ·  2
Jamie GripichAnyone have any interior pics?23 hours ago   ·  1
Mike DobbsTwo great memories of that place stand out for me...one is seeing Empire Strikes Back there in 1980 with the cast making a promotional appearance - IN COSTUME! And the other is looking with utter wonderment and fascination at the doors of the Playboy Club, imagining being able to go inside when old enough (in addition to subscribing to Playboy magazine...and I never did either one as an adult!)22 hours ago   ·  6
Sarah HassFrank and I saw Lawrence of Arabia and West Side Story at the Plitt in the '80s. Best thing that Frank and I saw at Filmex was a program on James Dean that included his live television plays (Playhouse 90?) where James Dean was acting his heart out and all the other actors seemed like robots by comparison...and they showed it complete with the commercials which were hilarious, they seemed like they were in slow motion like they were talking to idiots , I remember one ad in particular for a cheese spread where they were showing women how to put the cheese on crackers and put the crackers on a plate 😝21 hours ago   ·  3
Lydia MarcusMy Mom took me to see Annie, my first musical at the Shubert, and I saw many movies including one of my faves Empire Strikes Back. I recall Playboy Bunny waitresses walking around the complex and I even saw Mohammed Ali and Larry Holmes do a free sparring exhibition in an outside ring. Lots of great memories there. It's sad that a piece of LA history is gone but I'm glad that the Annenberg Space for Photography is there and making a great cultural and artistic contribution to the city.13 hours ago   ·  2
David ClevelandThey ruined it when it became Cineplex Odion. Before that it was wonderful. I saw Gandhi and Poltergeist there. Back in the days when movies were 70mm six track Dolby. And no stadium theaters.17 hours ago   ·  2
Gene BivinsThe Plitt was actually two theaters under one roof, both very large, with the wonderful chairs you mentioned. Filmex took over the whole complex, including an annual 50-hour themed movie marathon, one year Oscar winners, one year science fiction, westerns, epics, etc.21 hours ago   ·  3
Monique M MillerI loved this place so much, went to all the movies, playboy club, shubert theatre and all the little cafes and restaurants. I still to this day, when I drive by reminisce about those days fondly!💖22 hours ago   ·  2
Eric BonerzFilmex was the best, it moved to the Aquarius theater later before tom Laughlin killed it, but it lives on at the cinematec.22 hours ago   ·  4
Rita CernigliaI saw Star Wars in 77 at the Grauman's Chinese Theater & bought the program as well. Then in 87 when the theater up at Universal Studios opened, I saw Star Wars again on its 10th anniversary, when my friend won a pair of tickets to their grand opening. I loved the purple theater, swag bags and concession stands where everything was FREE!18 hours ago   ·  2
Art SiegelI attended the Schubert and Plitt theaters often. I couldn't believe it when I heard they were going to tear them down. They were so new and modern. The Plitt was one of the first theaters that I remember having midnight shows. I remember seeing Jesus Christ Superstar for the second time there and at a midnight show.23 hours ago   ·  3
Barbie Martin FaragalliSaw all of the plays you mentioned. Evita and Cats twice. Harry's Bar 😍. And wasn't there a sports bar there also? It was one of the first sports bars23 hours ago   ·  2
Debbie KanegawaThose 54 HR movie marathons at Filmex were soooo much fun!22 hours ago   ·  5
William BoydSaw the restored version of Lawrence of Arabia here back in '88 or '89. The Plitt was the best for serious cinema fans. Also---The Last Temptation of Christ.22 hours ago   ·  3
P David EbersoleAmong hundreds of other visits, when I was a kid my whole family went to see a special LA premiere of CABARET with Liza there. Hm. I did turn out to be gay so maybe... ?? Saw so many great movies and stage musicals there. Anyway, I've been to CAA and actually have never put two and two together that they took over the spot and that it is GONE!! Wow.22 hours ago   ·  2
Brooke WetzelMy husband and I had our first "hang out" there and saw Chasing Amy!17 hours ago   ·  2
Terrence ButcherI think the later AMC Century 14 lured patrons away from the old Plitt.19 hours ago   ·  2

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Happy birthday Olivia Newton-John!

Here she is singing her 1978 single, "Totally Hot" at the ABC Entertainment Center. Remember that place located on Ave Of the Stars? It was located directly across from the now landmarked, Century Plaza Hotel. Countless TV shows and movies used this complex as a location, but this video is the best documentation you'll find.
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Mindy SchneiderWhen I was 12, my mother joked that when her life (as a housewife/art teacher in New Jersey) would be made into a movie, she'd be played by Olivia Newton-John. About 25 years later, they actually met. I'm not sure if my mother filled her in on the plan. No biopic so far.23 hours ago   ·  8
Christopher ReayMy all-time favorite since Eurovision in 1974. Gave her a plush koala one time with a note and a copy of my fan club membership from 1978. First time I met her - I was at a hotel for an event - opened a door - and she was standing on the other side. My wife said I just stopped dead in my tracks. I've seen/met plenty of celebrities, but *she* was special! And to make it even more surreal: She ended up sitting next to me at this event. She'll always be my number 1! :)23 hours ago   ·  1
Leigh JansenLet's get physical Olivia Newton John!!23 hours ago   ·  1
Terrence ButcherI recall seeing that album advertised on TV. Newton-John began changing her image that year, adopting an aggressive, sexually-charged pop-rock sound, away from the wholesome country crooner she had been. Her character's transformation during the final scene of GREASE was integral to that.19 hours ago   ·  1
Gary DemirdjianPartially shot at the ABC Entertainment Center. youtu.be/4XyL0vSIu5019 hours ago   ·  1
Rita CernigliaI love the fact my birthday is the same as Ms. John & the day of the release of the last Beatles album, Abbey Road.18 hours ago
Jerry MurrelI had a roommate years ago who came home excited after watching this video being shot. He was so stoked ...23 hours ago
Lyan TasslerJohn Lezcano - do you remember this one??4 hours ago
Kala Martin🔥23 hours ago
Ron TanaseAlways a class act. Easy on the eye to say the least.23 hours ago
Rod McHughHappy Birthday, Olivia!20 hours ago

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