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.

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.


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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.

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.”

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison was recently invited to cover 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 latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, 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 Scala’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.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.


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.

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.”

What’s Happening with VLA?

  • Alison was recently invited to cover 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 latest endeavor is co-producer of a new documentary on Jayne Mansfield titled “Mansfield 66/67, which explores the last two years of Jayne Mansfield’s life”.
  • In honor of the 60th anniversary of the LA institution “La Scala”, 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 Scala’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.

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 reach her on the “Contact” page.

What's Happening with Vintage Los Angeles

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So sorry to report of yet ANOTHER institution closing...

According to an inside source, Fiddlers Bistro is being forced to close on July 2nd after 44 years because of another instance of the landlord refusing to negotiate a reasonable rent for them. It's basically another "cat and fiddle" type situation. It's just so sad losing all our little neighborhood mainstays. Let's hope they can find another location like 'the fiddle' successfully did.

BTW, It is not easy for me to consistently announce funereal news, but I feel this page needs to know as I receive word. 😰
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Vintage Los AngelesI'm not sure what this means for the park plaza lodge hotel connected next door45 minutes ago   ·  2
Alison LassHave eaten there with my parents many Sundays "after church." Was the place we had breakfast last year where I told my dad (with my mom who already knew) that my husband wanted a divorce. A most devastating moment at a place of comfort. A place we'd been many times and shared good and bad news and experienced life and good food and people watching. Wow this news is very, very sad.49 minutes ago   ·  2
Rick BeaverI find it very sad that Los Angeles is not the cute, wonderful city it once was. It used to be so wonderful living here and all that has changed. Everything now is about money and how much you can sell or rent a place for. Most homes in nice areas are now selling for over a million dollars. The middle class people are being driven out and LA is becoming a rich man's paradise. Basically, some of it has to do with the younger generation wanting everything bigger, modern and more dense. It is a shame that anything old has to be torn down because it is not good enough for them.6 minutes ago
Scott MooreIt must be terribly difficult to post these. I, for one, am very grateful to you for keeping those of us who no longer live in Los Angeles up to date with ALL the changes. Happy AND sad. Thank you, Alison.41 minutes ago   ·  1
Machek KoziolKinda funny everyone is surprised about all these restaurants closing. What did you all think would happen when everyone voted for massive minimum wage increases?18 minutes ago   ·  1
Poppy DunneIf anyone has leads on new jobs for the waitstaff, please reach out. They're lovely, professional people who I hope can land on their feet quickly.5 minutes ago
Lance LaShelleThanks for the info! Always sad when a familiar place closes doors. **Where was Fiddlers? I've been away from LA for a while. ALSO, is Hamburger Hamlet still around ? My fav!!19 minutes ago
Mike WrenThank you for these posts. We always have tried to support the independent businesses and we are always sad to see them forced out by the greed that seems to be everywhere. .....same old story.27 minutes ago
Kevin ParcherPlease continue to let us know; sad but essential news and I appreciate it because in many cases I wouldn't know otherwise..49 minutes ago   ·  1
Steven de MenaThanks for letting us know. I live across the street in Park La Brea (for 47 years!)37 minutes ago   ·  1
Tracey Lee BrownNo, no, no, no! It took them forget to rent that slab next door, so what do the landlords think they'll get out of this?28 minutes ago   ·  1
Justin AusmanThere's alot of empty store fronts and places in Los Angeles. How are these land lords making money with empty spaces?51 minutes ago   ·  1
Russ BickersAnother one of my fav eateries closing against their wishes. I had my retirement dinner there.50 minutes ago   ·  1
St TierneyOne of my favorite Hollywood restaurants. This is horrible news.32 minutes ago
Sam DeleonThanks! I haven't been there in years; will go back once more before their last day.56 minutes ago
Kathie WoodThat's sad, use to eat lunch there when I worked in Cal Fed's design dept.24 minutes ago
Mary KnappIt's over with in Santa Barbara for sure ! No soul here ...11 minutes ago
Brendan BarryI live on Martel and hate this news. Such a great neighborhood mainstay58 minutes ago
Sandra WillardNo! We go there for breakfast all the time. These greedy landlords.......41 minutes ago
Anna StatmanLove fiddlers. Loved it when it was up on beverly too. I will miss it. Been a. Ig part of my la50 minutes ago
Jaclyn TaylorMy mom loves this place. I've never been. I'll have to try to get there before they're gone.12 minutes ago
Carole A. Hoilien McNairGREED!54 minutes ago   ·  1
Laura Foster FranksPoppy Dunne...did you hear about this???21 minutes ago
Susan ReimersDamnit, sister! 😭56 minutes ago
Connie BoppreWho owns the place ?39 minutes ago

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