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.  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!

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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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?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article, remembering the Beverly Hills Public Library, a 1963 Martin Stern-designed Mid Century Modern masterpiece.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider” giving her unique insights into the history (and future) of the Sunset Strip! Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. The article covers Alison’s work on Vintage Los Angeles as well as her place among Los Angeles legends Huell Howser and Ralph Story. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.

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.  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!

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.. 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?

  • Click here to read Alison’s latest LA Magazine article, remembering the Beverly Hills Public Library, a 1963 Martin Stern-designed Mid Century Modern masterpiece.
  • Alison recently made a second appearance on the nationally syndicated television show, “The Insider” giving her unique insights into the history (and future) of the Sunset Strip! Click here for details!
  • Alison was also featured in the nationally distributed magazine, “Collector Network“. The article covers Alison’s work on Vintage Los Angeles as well as her place among Los Angeles legends Huell Howser and Ralph Story. Click here to see the cover!
  • On March 21, Vintage Los Angeles continued its series of successful screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theater with the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“! Previous VLA screenings include “Earthquake” and “The Godfather”.
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The July 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine was a special collectors edition dedicated entirely to the 1980s and its impact on LA culture and lifestyle. Alison presented interviews and articles on Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go’s, artist, Ed Ruscha, The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and a two page spread on Melrose in its heyday. Click the below images to read Alison’s articles.

Finding the Beat with the Go-Gos by Alison Martino

The Mystique of Melrose Avenue by Alison Martino

Mötley Crüe Was Here by Alison Martino

Ed Ruscha and 1984

Click here for more of Alison’s work in Los Angeles Magazine

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Harry and Alice Schiller owned the Pink Pussy Cat on Santa Monica Blvd. Dancers with clever stage names such as Fran Sinatra, Samya Davis Jr., Deena Martin, Peeler Lawford, Joanie Carson, Joey Pine,Edie McMahon, Joie Bishop, and Reegie Philbin put on glittering shows for a packed crowd—which often included members of the Rat Pack! And wait until you read whose mother was the their dance professor! I've been wanting to write about this historic burlesque for a long time, but was in desperate need of a rare pic of the exterior. Thanks to VLA fan Richard Wojcik for coming through with this rare image I was finally able to write it! Click here for the story! www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/an-education-in-l-a-s-long-closed-college-of-striptease/ ...

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Vintage Los AngelesSome of you may remember when it was "peanuts" and It was "English Acid" in later years!3 hours ago   ·  6
Evelyn Anker MettsI lived on Laurel just north of the club. I was only 17 and in my car at the corner waiting to get onto Santa Monica...one of the dancers came running out and jumped in my car saying her boyfriend was going to beat her up. He pulled her out of the car and back toward the club. This was early sixties and we rarely locked our car doors, had no cell phones and no 911. It was a little scary but never occurred to me to find a phone and call for help😟3 hours ago   ·  8
Jamie KingWhat is in this location today? Love the picture!3 hours ago
Tony CollinsI actually went there maybe twice in the 60's. Drove past it every day for years.3 hours ago   ·  1
Lauren Frobisher Scanloni remember that! used to laugh at the names!3 hours ago   ·  1
Christopher RiordanMy secretary used to live right behind the parking lot, on Norton Ave. Boy, the stories she told me about the after hours conversations that went on in that parking lot.2 hours ago   ·  2
Jeannie DavisPeanuts later on right? Bordello back room Jazz!2 hours ago   ·  2
Rick RamirezPeanuts!2 hours ago   ·  1
Rowland HarrisI remember driving by there and seeing those names...and WONDERING...what the REAL Johnny Carson's, etc...thought of them...lol.. :)2 hours ago
Patricia KrauseI actually remember it being there i went to Samo High and lived there from 73 to 81. It is funny to see it again , never knew it was a school.. lol1 hour ago
Charlotte ManigoThat street looks like crenshaw and 135thst.20 minutes ago
Philip CulpI never went inside when it was a burlesque house - I was too young - but I remember the building and it's marquee of sound-a-like names very well.2 hours ago
Scott Carlsonthe ads in the page wouldnt let me read all of it...no place to click them off either....but love this!2 hours ago
Libby ShipmanI remember this place.2 hours ago
Peter CaloAlison, this is why I am such a fan of you, in-depth reporting on the pressing issues of the day, and the stage names of all the girls at the Pink Pussycat!1 hour ago
Frank De MarcoStill standing under another name HIPSTER CENTRAL another words a different world different time!!!3 minutes ago
Alvin EpsteinThere used to be a Latino Bar on Olympic in Santa Monica called La Pantera Rosa. Some of the loudest music I ever heard used to come blasting out of its open doors as I drove by it late at night32 minutes ago
Ron ZagorskyIs this at 7969 SM Blvd?2 hours ago
Bryan MionNice '61 Chevy!2 hours ago
Patty FranchiI remember this place!2 hours ago
Alexa RobinsonOmg my mom mentioned this place and I was "sure mom that's cool" because I had never heard I of it but here it is! Thanks for posting I'll have to ask her about it now haha2 hours ago
Robby LiautaudI hope naughty things occurred within2 hours ago
David Jarbothose 4 palm trees are still standing@ Norton and Hayworth...the white bldg. with only the roof showing next to the trees , ayn rand called home in the 1930's ...google her name for those who don't know who she is40 minutes ago
John BicklerThose cracks in the sidewalk - same ones.12 minutes ago

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