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, and also recently hosted an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner.

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, and also recently hosted an event at the Aero Theatre where she interviewed Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Carl Reiner.

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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6 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

VLA just got a shout out from Rodney Bingenheimer on his UNDERGROUND GARAGE show on Sirius XM! #Godhead! ...

 

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Wooo! So great!! ❤️❤️❤️

Congrats!

Listening Now....

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7 hours ago

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Famed Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen at his home in Van Nuys in 1962 posing with an unassuming Rambler (that couldn't get any closer to the garage door) ...

Famed Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen at his home in Van Nuys in 1962 posing with an unassuming Rambler (that couldnt get any closer to the garage door)

 

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That was my house which I bought in ‘78 and sold in ‘15

13841 Wyandotte. Near the norms off Sherman Way and Woodman.

13841 Wyandotte St

This house is EXACTLY the same style as my aunt and uncle's house in North Hollywood, of the same era. It actually looks like their home!!! Must have been the same builder!

Makes you wonder what's in that garage.

I lived in an apartment on Barrington which is the very same apartment Mickey lived in 20 years earlier. Compare the A/C grill.

This was his house on Moreno Drive in Brentwood. The one that was bombed. He sold it in 1951. It's still there and last sold for more than $3 million a few years back.

Just before I was born, my dad used to frequently see him walking his dog on Barrington Avenue in Brentwood...he owned the apartment building near the one we lived in. I think by the time I was born he'd just gotten sent up for income tax evasion.

He died in 1976. 60 Minutes interviewed him a few years before he died. He said something like: "I never was involved in killing anyone who did not deserve it according to the standards of our way of life."

You can have all this, and who knows... you could even be discovered, become a movie star... or at least see one. Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise on Earth." Ha ha ha ha. That's what they tell you, anyway.

The best book about Mickey Cohen and organized crime in Los Angeles is "L.A. Noir; The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City" by John Buntin

Could he have parked any closer to the garage??

I didn’t know who he was but my sister met him and he took us to dinner and was very nice.

The garage door suffered an 'unfortunate accident'. Shame.

Maybe there’s a body between the Rambler and the garage door.

Doan wanna nobody be messin' round unda th' hood

My Dad Parked Cars at his Haberdashery ,Between acting jobs.

Probably hiding something in that garage....

Why are all these gangsters such little guys?

Never knew he was so small. Still a tough guy.

Our house in Van Nuys was very similar!

I was at an eatery in downtown L.A. and this was in the mens room.

Looks like Karen's moms house in Goodfellas .

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1 day ago

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Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith Live at the Saban Theatre! ...

 

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Nice to see Mike Nesmith up there, too. I thought he'd kind of distanced himself from the group in recent years. ♥

What? Rock that out there in L.A. from Ohio here......it's nice! I remember that scene down the street with the bed..a friend was t here when they filmed it.

Thanks, Alison!!! I am their BIGGEST fan - SO wish I could've been there tonight!!!! But I was at the Pantages show last year. Wonder where Peter was??

I like how everyone exits to the strains of "For Pete's Sake." Still one of the most distinctive sounding artifacts of the summer of '67.

This was so fun last night! I was there too!

Amazing! Thanks for showing this-great memories!

Hey hey, they’re half the Monkees.... 🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼

I grew up watching Monkees reruns. I finally got to see them in concert the year that Davie passed. It was a lifetime dream to see them in concert. They did not disappoint. I'm glad that Mickey and Peter and Mike are still going out there and doing their thing! Thanks for bringing this to us!

Thanks for sharing this!

Awesome to see them together.

Just watched the Monkee's on TV lol. The one where they rob a bank

Thank you guys for showing the world How It is Done & How It Should Be Done😙

Great video, Alison. Thank you for sharing.

Where's peter

Mickey was a morning dj on the NYC Oldies radio station for a time about a decade or so ago WCBS-FM 101.1 - New York's Greatest Hits he and everyone else lost their jobs when the station went automated for a few years but they came to their senses and went back to live dj's and ever since they are always near the top of the ratings in the #1 market in the USA

Love that Mike and Mickey are together

Hi Alison...

This is so cool

Thank You for sharing!

...thank you much...peace...

Thanks, Alison!

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"Here we come..."

Who's going to the Saban Theatre tonight to see Micky Dolenz with special guest Mike Nesmith? ALSO...Felix Cavaliere of "The Young Rascals" is opening! Hope to see some you there!
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Here we come...

Whos going to the Saban Theatre tonight to see Micky Dolenz with special guest Mike Nesmith? ALSO...Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals is opening! Hope to see some you there!

 

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...please enjoy the show...but if you get a chance...could you pop up some vid of Felix and/or the Monkee fellows...Rascals are.probably one of the most underappreciated bands of my youth...rock on, Ms. Martino !...

I just listened to the interview on Jonesy jupebox with Micky on Thur, talking about the show, Should be a great show

What?!? I thought Mike wasn't doing any more shows.

I know you work extremely hard, but you sure get to do neat stuff! ROCK OUT!! 🙂

He puts on such a fun show. Enjoy!

Saw them last night at the Canyon Club....great show.

Davy Jones under the Nice Sign.

Television royalty

I wish! 💜

With Notre Dame playing USC and Yankees playing Huston hard to try and rally a concert too... enjoy the show!

Yes! I'm here!!!! Wow! Living my childhood dreams! Saw them at the Pantages! And California Adventure when it first opened!

Too bad the Brigati brothers aren't with him. They brought the soul and rocking element to the music. Check out the NY Rock & Soul Review album. I never thought Felix took advantage of his great voice as he embraced that Spanky and Our Gang style of music. I love his early stuff with the Rascals. Should be a fun show however!

I SO wanted to marry Mickey (I was all of 13, lol) and devastated when he married Samantha. So, then focused on Steve Stills. Yeah, that didn't work out either. BUT! At least I have both their autographs!!!

Met Mickey once -SUPER nice man. During U2's Pop Mart show, Mickey, Davey and Peter sang "Daydream Believer" - GREAT. For years, Nesmith declined offers to reunite. Glad he's on board.

Use to receive a weekly update/letter from Michael Nesmith here on FB. Not sure what's going on with him.

The sign behind them on the building says it all !!!! Loved the Monkees!!! Back when music was fun and we all had a good time!

Saw Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones in concert at Magic Mountain back in the late 1970s. Memories!

WHAAAT?!?!? How did I not know this? I was IN LOVE with these two!

I'll be there, would love to meet you Allison.

As Sienfeld would say, A Pirate Shirt!

The predecessor to such great acts as New Kids On The Block and The Back Street Boys....

Would love to go...haven't seen Micky since high school (we went to Grant in Van Nuys).

They get the funniest looks...

Unfortunately I have plans elsewhere. I wish I could go.

Decades later I still have a crush on Micky Dolenz❤️

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