Welcome to Vintage Los Angeles

Alison Martino is a Los Angeles-based television producer, documentarian, 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 was a banner 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. Alison also 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 featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

For Alison’s recent article in Curbed LA on Quentin Tarantino’s transformation of Hollywood Boulevard for his latest movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, click 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 over 325,000 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’s extensive collection of personal memorabilia even caught the eye of Oliver Stone back in 1991 for his movie The Doors, where she supplied many of her rare relics and artifacts for the production.


 

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Alison 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, documentarian, 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 was 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. Alison also 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 featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies. 2018 is continuing right where 2017 left off with Alison busy as ever.

Check out Alison’s latest Blog entries here.

For Alison’s recent article in Curbed LA on Quentin Tarantino’s transformation of Hollywood Boulevard for his latest movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, click 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 over 325,000 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’s extensive collection of personal memorabilia even caught the eye of Oliver Stone back in 1991 for his movie The Doors, where she supplied many of her rare relics and artifacts for the production.

Alison Martino

Alison 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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Vintage Los Angeles

Linda Ronstadt preparing to sing the National Anthem in 1977 at Dodgers Stadium!

GO TEAM!!!!
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Linda Ronstadt preparing to sing the National Anthem in 1977 at Dodgers Stadium! 

GO TEAM!!!!

 

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MbkSrK5spM Even the great Keith Jackson fumbled for words after this incredible rendition.

Nice, clean version. No need for crazy runs when you can just depend on your excellent singing voice.

I wish she would sing it at again this year...

The Dodgers Suck! Go Red Sox! AARP ought to stay away from rooting for the Dodgers because many AARP members from Northern California and elsewhere will not like their choice.

Linda, Linda, Linda. You will always be the best.

Linda should be there for the first game of the World Series in the Dodger's stadium.

when celebrities just looked natural.

James Taylor just sang it for tonight’s game!! Beautiful, simple....just the man and his guitar 💜💜💜

I was so in love with her... Until Jerry Brown defied her...😡

Dodger Blue Bayou

Dan Myers! I was at my parents house tonight having breakfast for dinner. We were watching the news and they showed Pink’s Hot Dogs 🌭! They have decorated everything in Dodger blue including the floor! I was yelling “Pink’s hotdogs!” My mom and dad were looking at me like I was crazy. Well, they already knew that! ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️

GO DODGERS!!!! As a side note, Linda Ronstadt dated then Calif Gov Jerry Brown in the 70's.... I believe their relationship lasted from 1971-1983.

Ms. Ronstadts fans should keep on the lookout for her speaking engagements. I was out of town when she appeared here, in Marin County, just a few weeks ago. She is an interesting speaker, with tremendous knowledge of music history. I have heard her interviewed on the radio a couple of times over the years.

She was awesome in her prime! This is how I will always remember her!

I was there !!

Thank you Ms. Ronstadt, for everything.

Love Linda, the best Soprano voice in Rock and many other Genres ! My older brother partied w/ her in Tucson back in '69-'71 when we attended U. of Ariz. !

The field looks bad - Like someone said there was a drought back then - Brown was also the governor back then and he had restrictions then too.

James Taylor didn't do too bad a job today either!

I thought it was Selena Gomez 🤔 for a second there 👀

sooooooooo pretty...I love her

She was great

I feel like she would be your Tía. Paloma Urquidez

Viva La Raza 🇲🇽

Terri, wasn't she your fave back in the day?

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11 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

On this day in 1966 this picture was taken in that long walkway at Los Angeles International Airport just before Brian Wilson’s retreat from the world. Story goes that Marilyn Wilson had called everyone from their group of friends to join her at LAX to greet Brian (including The Turtles) when he landed, and then as a group they took this picture. She wanted to prove to Brian he was truly loved. But soon after Brian stopped speaking to everyone in this picture. I know many others know the full story and might be able to elaborate... ...

On this day in 1966 this picture was taken in that long walkway at Los Angeles International  Airport just before Brian Wilson’s retreat from the world. Story goes that Marilyn Wilson had called everyone from their group of friends to join her at LAX to greet Brian (including The Turtles) when he landed, and then as a group they took this picture. She wanted to prove to Brian he was truly loved. But soon after Brian stopped speaking to everyone in this picture.  I know many others know the full story and might be able to elaborate...

 

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Here's another angle you don't see reposted as often. L to R: Danny Hutton, June Fairchild, David Anderle, Sheryl Anderle, Mark Volman, Chrissie Jolly, Jules Siegel, Michael Vosse, Dean Torrence, Diane Rovell, Marilyn (Rovell) Wilson, Brian Wilson, Annie (Hinsche) Wilson, Barbara (Rovell) Gaddy, Gene Gaddy, Dick Maier, Carol Maier, Durrie Parks, Van Dyke Parks.

And that’s not Jonah Hill in the back row. Lol That’s Mark Volman of the Turtles 😆

My family was on the way to visit relatives in Chicago and coming around the curved corner near this part of the terminal I ran right into The Turtles on their way to this!

I thought that was Mark Volman from The Turtles. I am in no position to know what really happened to Brian, my wild guess was he was crushed that the rest of the Beach Boys were not on board with the artistic direction Brian wanted to make. Perhaps this moved him closer to self medicating or exploring the depths of his own mind with mind altering drugs.

Brian has fought mental illness for a very long time. He still hears voices, but now he seems to know how to deal with them. I bought his autobiography after watching him perform in Costa Mesa and I think this photo was included. I believe there is some madness in all artists and Brian Wilson has had more then his share but no one can argue that he doesnt hold a special place in the music world. Watching him now you see the man at peace with himself...You should have seen the love that was given to him in Costa Mesa. It was a beautiful thing!

Hi mom and dad! As a dutiful son, I must say that mom's name was spelled Sherril. None of the Beach Boys books ever got it right. 🙂

Would love to finally see the photos of Brian's piano in the sandbox that Guy Webster says he has. Don't know why they have not , to my knowledge ,ever been used. I only know about them because a couple of years ago when he opened his studio up for the Venice Art Walk I asked him about them. He said he had them if anyone wanted them. Who knows.

It's amazing how young Wilson looks here. It's sometimes hard to recall that the musical geniuses of this period who produced such immortal masterworks were still almost kids.

I have always loved this shot. It reminds me that so much of the incredible music of the era was made by people who were still just kids.

From the legendary Jules Siegel piece "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God !" "Back during that wonderful period in the fall of 1966 when everybody seemed to be his friend and plans were being laid for Brother Records and all kinds of fine things, Brian had gone on a brief visit to Michigan to hear a Beach Boys concert. The evening of his return, each of his friends and important acquaintances received a call asking everyone to please come to the airport to meet Brian, it was very important. When they gathered at the airport, Brian had a photographer on hand to take a series of group pictures. For a long time, a huge mounted blow-up of the best of the photographs hung on the living room wall, with some 30 people staring out—everyone from Van Dyke Parks and David Anderle to Michael Vosse and Terry Sachen. In the foreground was The Saturday Evening Post writer looking sourly out at the world."

I was leaving the Kuilima Hotel on the North Shore of Oahu and held the door open for this couple coming in, Brian Wilson was being led by the hand of some women. This was back in like 1981. He look really spaced but genius comes in all shades

Marilyn is a sweet woman and I doubt this "intervention" would've changed much in Brian's trajectory but what a bad idea. I thought at first it was the fluxus group, not your friends lined up like a "This is Your Life" episode all waiting to greet you like little demons out of a bad acid trip.

Chrissie Jolly was Jules Siegel's girlfriend at the time.I still haven't found out who Dick and Carol Maier were. Friends/neighbors? Mark Volman was there because he lived near Brian at this time, and would come to Brian's house - He heard the unreleased Smile acetates and rough mixes as Brian would bring them home and play them for his friends, most of them in this photo, as work on the album was progressing. The backstory is that Brian had flown to Michigan with Michael Vosse to rehearse the band, who played a show at Ann Arbor at the University October 22, 1966. This was the first time they would be playing Brian's new single "Good Vibrations" live in front of an audience, and Brian was there to rehearse them for this, and also to go over their upcoming European tour which they would start just after these shows. Capitol was there too, and recorded these shows for a potential live Beach Boys album that never happened. The tapes were "officially" released 2 years ago. Interesting back-backstory is that Brian traveled with a portable tape recorder. He wanted to record the sounds of water, among other things, but on a cab ride to the airport to fly back to LAX just before this photoshoot, Brian and Vosse were cracking up at the cab driver's conversation and the way he talked. So Brian pressed record, and captured the cab driver's conversations on tape. When he got back to LA, he supposedly played this tape of the cab driver for all his friends and would crack up at the guy's humor. He said he wanted to capture this kind of humor on a future album. That tape of Brian, Michael Vosse, and the anonymous cab driver describing the roads around the airport and Des Plaines survived, and still exists in the Beach Boys tape archives. Several photos of Brian rehearsing the band in Ann Arbor also exist on Getty Images, and were originally part of an interview with a Michigan newspaper that I believe ran in the Free Press, with those photos.

Just to clarify, Brian didn't stop talking to everyone in the photo soon after. The group as shown in these shots did splinter as Smile started to fall apart, but they still remained in contact for years after with a few exceptions. He remained close friends with Danny Hutton, and in Fall '67 was producing Danny and his group Redwood in the studio, the group which would change their name to "Three Dog Night", apparently suggested by June Fairchild. They recorded the first versions of Darlin, and Time To Get Alone, which would become Beach Boys classics in the next 2 years after the Redwood sessions got shut down. Brian and Danny were friends into the 70's, and reconnected years later (and even recorded some music together). David Anderle and Michael Vosse left the Brother Records project in mid-67 to go on to other things (One of Vosse's first projects after leaving Brother was designing the program for Monterey Pop and working with A&M Records. Nick Grillo took over from David as the group's and label's manager). Dean stayed close to the Beach Boys and would design their band logo which is still used today, as well as record his own version of Brian's "Vegetables" from Smile. Van Dyke left the Smile project (then came back, and left again...) in early '67 to work on his own solo album "Song Cycle", but as he got a position with Warners in the early 70's, he was a key factor in getting Sail On Sailor released as a single and was a co-writer of that song. Then decades later he and Brian reconnected again and began making music together, including Van Dyke's solo album Orange Crate Art in the mid-90's and finally finishing Smile in 2004. Annie was Carl Wilson's wife, and her brother was Billy Hinsche, of Dino, Desi, and Billy. I saw Billy playing keyboards and singing with Brian a few years ago on his solo tour. Mark Volman and the Turtles had their own huge success in the 60's and beyond, and soon after this photo Brian moved so they were no longer neighbors. The only one who I believe left that soon after and did not stay in touch was Jules, and it was his article "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" that appeared in Vol 1, Issue 1 of Cheetah Magazine, October 1967 that created a lot of the buzz and mythology around Brian's unreleased "Smile" project. It was originally set for the Saturday Evening Post but they eventually turned it down. The assignment for the Post was how he got into Brian's inner circle and became friends with him, as short-lived as it was, beyond his friendships with others in Brian's circle. Still no idea who the Maiers are or were and how they got invited to the photoshoot.

Brian's pulling away. Exit..stage left. What a sad picture. It is so good to know he is doing so well and has been thriving for many years now.

Awesome Dean ! Thanks for all your Contributions to the Surf Music era / First # 1 Surf Song ,Surf City/ Barbara Ann / all those great album Covers ! Especially ( The Point ) Harry Nilsson & for H. B. nickname ( Surf City !

Part of Brian's issues were due to the constant pressure to perform by his father Murray from what I've heard.

All you needs to know, sadly, nobody is smiling 🙁

You can tell from this picture that Brian felt disconnected.

Yep, ol' Brian had a compete mental breakdown and hired a full-time psychiatrist to literally run his life for him!

Genius and madness are a duplex with very thin walls.

This is by far the most thought provoking and conversation starting post I have ever seen on this group. Let’s keep the mental health conversation going. Let everyone who suffers know they are not alone. Thank you.

David Anderle ran Brother Records for them in the late 60s.

Would today, Brian’s condition be called Autism?

📷 Photo by Guy Webster

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23 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

The Frolic Room making an appearance in “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” tonight! ...

The Frolic Room making an appearance in “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” tonight!

 

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64 1/2 Hard top Mustang with full trim package! And original rims Nice!!

NOBODY would complain if they left that sign up !

Spent a few hours there in the mid 80s.

Ha, if I had a dollar for every drink I had in that place...I'd still be broke! lol

Do they go in? Interior shots?

I have only been there once. It was 1980 when I first got to LA. Saw "Barnum" with Jim Dayley and an actress I had never heard of before Glenn Close. It was a fund raiser for Diabetes and Cary Grant was the Grand Marshall. We bought rush tickets so we didn't know it was opening night and i didn't know I would live my dream of meeting Cary Grant. He smiled at me. I cried. he said " oh my dear don't cry." I was in my early twenties and had seen every movie he ever made. Drank after the show at The frolic Room.

It was great meeting you on set. So much fun!

It used to be the coolest Dive . until all the Scenesters and trust fund babies came in and ruined it ...

I'm pretty sure that, back in the '60s, it was Bob's Frolic Room. The neon 'Bobs' was taken down in the late '70s.

No one has mentioned the Hirschfield on the inside. Two identical. One original. One a repro. Gotta be worth a million? But which one is the original??? The world may never know. . . .

Rich Harland it's your car... Hollywood has been transformed for a new Quintin Tarintino film.

i don't remember some good times there lol

If I had a dollar for every drink I've had there, I'd still be there having another drink.

One of my favorite dives of all time...xo

The frolic room still has a cigarette machine, I thought, are those still even legal? 😗

It's actully a Dive Bar. Charles Bukowski used to drink there. But it's a dive.

At the Frolic Room on my birthday a few years ago ❤

The sign that’s there all the time, snapped this last year.

The eternal Frolic Room! It just shouts “Quentin!” I always had an amazing time here every time I walked through the door.

Oh look at that beautiful ‘Stang!

Great bar

OMG, I’ve made The BIGTIME ! Thanks Mel! Must share! I follow that page but hasn’t come up in my feed

Love that place. The only place in Hollywood where the drinks are still reasonably priced.

The real star of the film!! 🍸🤩🍺

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1 day ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Save the date!!! Oct 27 & 28.

The estate of Rose Marie is having another estate sale! Her family found more buried treasures. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek
Hours:,10 - 4.
Address will be announced Wednesday.
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are you attending?

It seems that Rose Marie is to estate sales what Cher is to 'farewell concerts'. Jus' sayin'........

Oh to have an Original Script from The Dick Van Dyke Show........loved to watch Morey and Rose go at it!!

The letters and postcards would be such a window into another world.

Wonder what George thinks about all this...

Love to go and wishing I could attend! Blessings

I would love just one autograph picture! ❤️❤️

My nickname is Roe. I want that teacup!

Cheri Kriegler Strasberg

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