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 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

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 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.


 

‘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, 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 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. Click here to watch the Mansfield ’66/’67 trailer. Alison also recently 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 recently featured in a commercial for Turner Classic Movies.

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 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 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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Vintage Los Angeles

Chez Jay is full of vintage relics like this historic faux sea shell clam that was saved from PACIFIC OCEAN PARK during the 1960s. 🐚 ... See MoreSee Less

Chez Jay is full of vintage relics like this historic faux sea shell clam that was saved from PACIFIC OCEAN PARK during the 1960s. 🐚

 

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And the Ribeye is to die for !

I remember on TV, a movie or what, a diver got his foot stuck in a giant clam. It would be cool if it was on "Sea Hunt" but that's a wish.

Loved P.O.P. as a kid. This clam shell must have come from the entrance.

Omg! It’s what I was asking about earlier in a previous post with your Mother. Where is this hideout in relation to the old POP aka Pacific Ocean Park? Anyone know? My Uncle and Aunty lived just blocks from here and I went at least once a month to the park. So incredibly fun . . so long ago.

Wow.."More fun than anything, Pacific Ocean Park" Loved that place as a teenager...

Anything POP related makes me SO happy! 🐚🌊🎢🎡🎠

Nothing like a man-eating clam shell to spruce up the place. Thanks for saving it.

Where is this? This looks like a place I saw in Florida.

Jay Fiondello ran the place in early 70's and maybe earlier.

Omgosh .. memories of POP ❤️☺️🎡🎢🎠⚓️

The first place I ever had steamers. Thought I was quite the gourmand.

Thats a big shell wow..Must be over 8 feet wide....

I do love this place. ♥️

Eric Dugdale

Karla

Kyle 🐚

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11 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Happy birthday Cher

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David Bowie and Cher sing a YOUNG AMERICANS medley in 1975.
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Feel free to ‘Cher’ this 😉

SONGS IN THIS MEDLEY ARE: 1. Young Americans. 2. Song Sung Blue 3. One Is The Loneliest Number 4. Da Doo Ron Ron 5. Wedding Bell Blues 6. Maybe The Chantels 7. Day Tripper - The Beatles 8. Blue Moon 9. Only You 10. Ain't No Sunshine 11. Young Blood - Neil Sedaka

Jodi Sandak's comments are completely out of line and do not reflect the tone and attitude expected on this site.

Cher tweeted this clip after Bowie passed, so it must have been memorable for her. I believe this was done as a segment for the 'Cher' show at CBS during his 'lost' year in LA.

F cher

Oh, that hair! Whatever you may say about her, can't deny her incredible depth of talent and drive that still has her performing today on her "latest of farewell tours" (her own words).

What a strange compilation of songs they decided to sing together🤔🤔

Can we please put up Cher's mic!????? We hear the backup singers more than her!!!

Not perfect, but the talent of these 2 professionals is astonishing. Fabulous!

THAT AIN'T B!LL & WTF is Roseanne Roseannadanna doing up there anywho !?

Happy Birthday Cher!!

Please No Politics On V L A

He was incredible. Miss him so.

I remember when this originally aired and so wanted to meet Cher! She is the original and THE best! Happy Birthday, Cher!🎂

Cher is one of the weirdest looking people and theworst singer I ever heard, right up the with Nancy Sinatra and Tiny Tim..

I was 8 when this aired and my mom let me stay up and watch it. Cher was cool and David Bowie was the coolest to a little girl back then....

What a couple of treasures right there! Happy Birthday Cher!

Happy birthday Cher ...always been my idle ....love you xoxo. ...stay gutsy and so classy

That was pretty bad...Happy b'day.

Sorry I just don't get it. I love Bowie and I liked Cher when she was with Sonny,but this is awful.

The Thin White Duke and....Lady Carrot Top?

Remember when TV shows had live studio orchestras?

In retrospect he was not happy with himself for doing this performance with Cher.

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12 hours ago

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Remembering Dorothy Buffum Chandler on her birthday today. ... See MoreSee Less

Remembering Dorothy Buffum Chandler on her birthday today.

 

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Thank you for the photo Susan Milner!

She was a great woman...and a great mother to her son, Otis Chandler, who was the most important publisher in the history of the Los Angeles Times.

Buffum's was one of my favorite stores in Long Beach and then Huntington Beach. Wish we had the dept. Stores of that day back.

I was a confirmed Buffum’s shopper for years. Weekly manicures & pedicures at their salon too ... including for my wedding day 32+ years ago! ❤️ Hated the day they closed.

I used to have one of the old Buffum boxes they used. Someone broke into my house and that was one on the things they took along with the old hats in it.

Without her, downtown as we know it today would not exist. Cheers Mrs Chandler.

There was a Buffum's by our house at Lakewood Mall.

They were customers. Last at their Bel air home in 2016

I worked Christmas vacations at Buffum’s downtown Long Beach in the early 60’s. What a great store!

Back in the day when the Academy Awards were held there, and the evening was entertaining! Not anymore.

Too bad they sold the Times, it used to be a great newspaper.

We heard of Buffum's in the Midwest!! 🙂

I was there last night for “Rigoletto.”

Loved Buffum’s. Still love the Dorothy Chandler. This great lady changed the face of downtown!!!

Hey Snookums ....yeeees "Buffums' ?

Buffum's Dept Store ?

Dear Dorothy.

HDB 😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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