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

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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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10 hours ago

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Nothing more chilling then those two notes... ...

 

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I have never watched the movie JAWS. 40 years later ... tomorrow night at the Bowl!🌟

I can tell you something that is more chilling those two notes.....it is paying money to sit and enjoy a film with a phenomenal live orchestra ,and as soon as they start playing, people start cheering, giving high 5’s and filming it on their phones.

Scariest opening scene EVER! 🦈😱

Awesome!

1975 all over again 😱

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15 hours ago

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No extras here. This is an actual photograph taken in Westwood during the summer of ‘69. (They’re standing in line at the Bruin. The Fox theatre is across the street). Word is Tarantino’s production is headed there next for an entire recreation of the village - Hari Krishna’s and all. I assume images like this would be quite resourceful. If his art department only knew what VLA’s personal archives consisted of. If anyone out there has a connection to his team, please message me. ...

No extras here. This is an actual photograph taken in Westwood during the summer of ‘69. (They’re standing in line at the Bruin. The Fox theatre is across the street). Word is Tarantino’s production is headed there next for an entire recreation of the village - Hari Krishna’s and all. I assume images like this would be quite resourceful. If his art department only knew what VLA’s personal archives consisted of. If anyone out there has a connection to his team, please message me.

 

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Still a college town then

Their clothing styles aren't that different from today

I believe Mario’s was across the street from the theaters. Their pizza was wonderful and the Italian waiters loved my two blond friends. Westwood Village in the ‘60’s was so pleasant.

wonder what they are waiting to see perhaps Butch Cassidy, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy??

IMDB-The Lost Man opened July 11, 1969. Cooks? Predates Machos! The Village Deli! I loved it until I got food poisoning. And the Hamlet was around the corner.

Here’s the MANN’s Festival it’s still there 10 years ago the New Beverly brought the seats from this theatre

That 5th guy back is awesome! 🙂

You should just contact them and get hired as a consultant Alison! He can afford you, no doubt about it!

I can think of a no better consultant Alison. He needs you and your archives!

I was working at Pickwick Bookshop in 1968 when someone from a studio art department walked in looking for source material for a movie set among the Maya Indians of Yucatan. It just so happened I'd visited that region as a young teen, and so I loaned her many of my snapshots from that visit to Mexico. The studio art department lost them all. End of story.

Looks like flat strappy sandals were all the rage that summer!😁

Yes, Mario’s was across the street. Loved Westwood in the 60’s!

The Village Delicatessen ..AKA "The VD". ate there many times.

Your archives are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

The guys in front are “giving it a chance.”

Would you insist they re-create the Hamburger Hamlet?

I was there. That summer was everything being 17.

Used to pop into Alice's Restaurant down the street. Great place. One on Malibu Pier for a while also.

I saw Easy Rider there in 1970. Loved going to the Bruin and after to Shakeys pizza

Would be funny if it was a remake of Harold and Maude, lol

Aww is the “time machine” set gone from Hollywood Blvd? I wanted to peek before it goes back to blah 🙁

Is this for the Manson movie

Marc... the VD!!

AJ Iniguez 🙂

Steven Espinosa, Brad Erickson

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16 hours ago

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Natalie Wood and Paul Mazursky on the set of “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”.

Natalie would have been 80 years old today.
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Natalie Wood and Paul Mazursky on the set of “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”. 

Natalie would have been 80 years old today.

 

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She was so beautiful. Why isn't Wagner in prison?

Any updates on that recent story about investigators questioning Wagner again????

She and the wonderful Diana Rigg were born the same day....talk about a double dose of yes! 👍

I loved her ... dated her sister Lana when she was at Taft HS ... no way I think Bob killed her, negligent, for sure, drunk and negligent, but not murder ...

One of the most beautiful women we’ve ever seen on film! ❤️

Her glasses remind me of Grace Slick’s at Woodstock

My brother dated her once. He was a film editor at Universal. But he was handsome and drove a T-bird, so the studio would get him to escort starlets to various functions.

Two incredible talents.

I loved her. She was my favorite actress for as long as I can remember. My cousin knew her, and I ALMOST got to meet Natalie, but she told my cousin I'd have to wait till she got back from her cruise down to Mexico over Thanksgiving weekend... Hard to even imagine her being 80. She'll be forever young... RIP

Sometimes Wine bottles 🍾 would accidentally fall into her 👜 purse at La Scala

Golly golly 80? Yikes ..., how can that be? Oops.,,,my drivers license says I’m 74! What’s going on????

I loved her from the time I was a little girl. Hard to think of her as 80. But then it is hard to think of myself as pushing 70, too. I still feel terrible about her death. She was so special!

She of the ~ Ubiquitous Cuff Bracelet ~

That film was almost considered hard core porn back in the day. Would probably get a 12 certificate now.

I met her parents. They were clients of the CPA that I worked for. Saw Natalie at Saturday movie at Hollywood blvd movie theater. Early fifties

Some thing has never been right with that drowning. I wish a good investigation would take place

Paul was my neighbor when I lived on the Marina Peninsula. He had a weekend beach house. Told some very interesting stories.

A neighbor friend of ours lived next door to the Wagner’s on Canon Drive in BH for many years. When I asked her what Natalie Wood was like she said ‘wonderful’ and when I asked about Robert Wagner’s wife Jill St John she said said ‘not so much’ 😀

My heart broke when I heard about Natalie Wood she had always been my favorite actress! So talented and beautiful! ❤

Did you know Natalie and her family were Russians? Her Mom and Dad huge accents, and lived in very ordinary tract housing in Van Nuys, in the 50’s and 60’s ...

What a beauty and what an actress! The tragedy of her death is twofold: first the loss of her life and second the highly suspicious circumstances around it which in my estimation has not seen justice.

Film was considered quite risque when it came out! How times have changed!

Just watched Penelope with Natalie Wood. A movie for the times. She did a great job. Satisfying film.

Gone to soon..Happy Birthday in heaven...❤️😪

She looked great in that movie!

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17 hours ago

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Quentin Tarantino’s talented set designers are getting ready to put a movie title up on the old Vogue Theatre in Hollywood *right now* . The film takes place in 1969, what do you think the movie will be? 🤔 ...

Quentin Tarantino’s talented set designers are getting ready to put a movie title up on the old Vogue Theatre in Hollywood *right now* . The film takes place in 1969, what do you think the movie will be? 🤔

 

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If you happen to be on Hollywood Boulevard next to Musso & Frank Grill, Please take a photo of the Vogue theater marquee and let us know what movie title Tarantino’s production they chose chose to put up! Post it within this thread! Thank you!

My first inclination is it will be Bob Carol Ted and Alice. My other choices are midnight cowboy the wild Bunch and easy rider.

I’m thinking Midnight Cowboy

1968...but I don't think it lasted there for a year?

Possible Spoiler Alert.... "Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story."

Today, Easy Rider was released!!

Reservoir Dogs, probably.

Easy Rider?

The Sting

I was working in Hollywood (KHJ) living in Laurel Canyon and 20 years old in 1969.

Easy Rider with midnight showings of 2001.

Easy Rider or maybe Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Lisa Kerkhove Koers, Hollywood Scoop Reporter Girl of Unscene Hollywood, just posted this! Looks like it will be THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S. Way to go, Scoop Girl! 😛

These photos have brought back memories I've forgotten. When I think 1969 my first thought is Sharon Tate and Charles Manson. At age 14 it felt surreal even before I knew what surreal meant.

I saw Karate Kid when it originally came out there like three times :-). Since the years have passed it has falling into total disarray with homeless and other crazy things going on there

If the movie is about the Sharon Tate murder that occurred August 9, 1969. August 6 "The Learning Tree" was released. August 18 "Take the Money and Run" was released. So I am going with one of those two.

I must say this has been a fun thread. Different conversations have brought back lots of memories. Looking forward to seeing this movie when it comes out.

THE WILD BUNCH or EASY RIDER! I figure something QT would have thought was cool when he was a kid and something he would want the audiences of this film to recognize. 🙂

isnt he making a movie about the Manson killings, titled "Once upon a time in Hollywod!" or something like that...

Django the Bastard”-a spaghetti western released in 1969. His film is about a washed up tv star thinking of going to Italy to get into Spaghetti westerns to salvage his career. Tarantino has a wicked sense of humor. He would love the Django in the title because of his own film. Even if that’s not it. It would be awesome if it was😎😂

Since it opened in 1935 (July 16!) it had pretty much become retro by 69. My mom and I saw Burn (Quemada) as part of a Brando retrospect. So no first-run 69 films should be there. Maybe 68. Eeek. Barbarella. Night of the Living Dead. ...😀

Lots of good choices: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_films_of_1969 I watched Easy Rider the other day and still enjoy it. But I have to vote for Alices Restaurant since a bunch of us made the decision to go see it the night before our draft physical.

To be clear, they are not Set Designers, they are Set Dressers who work for the Set Decorator, who works alongside the Production Designer! The Art Director works under the Production Designer & the Set Designer draws up the blueprints for all the Departments to use!

Assuming the scene is during early August, 1969, could be any number of films. Easy Rider would make a nice connection with the Manson murders, both sorta marking the end of ye olde peacelove flowerchild.

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