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.


 

‘West Hollywood’ magazine feature

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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

"This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and number and I'll get back to you"...

James Garner and his Pontiac Firebird on the set of the Rockford Files.
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This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and number and Ill get back to you... 

James Garner and his Pontiac Firebird on the set of the Rockford Files.

 

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Took these last month when I was in Paradise Cove, Malibu.

Rockfish

Loved this show when I was younger and then had the pleasure of meeting him during Indianapolis 500 practices, back in the late 80s.. I have some photos of that meeting somewhere.. Those are the times I wish we would have had our cell phone cameras.

My favorite Tv series ever and Netflix removed them a few years ago🤔

Loved the show, but the intro music. . . 😣

Always wanted a "Rockford Brown" Firebird (particularly the later rectangular dual headlight model 77-79?). I had read somewhere that Garner actually staged some of the car stunts?

During that period of time I thought the Pontiac Firebird was the sexiest car in the world.

When I was 12 yeas old, I wanted to be Jim Rockford for a living when I grew up. 🙂

He helped my mom pump gas in Brentwood back in the 70’s.

He invented the "J-Turn" in that car...

I owned a 1974 Firebird Formula (first car) which was the model they used and rebadged/rehooded as an Esprit. It was also painted a non-Pontiac gold. It was my favorite show because of Jim ... and the Firebird.

James Garner was a stand up guy. His female costars all loved him. He was happily married and never hit on other women.

I just ordered the season 1 DVD’s today! It’s not available to stream on Netflix or Hulu anymore. I was so surprised to see this photo on the very day I could not live any longer without Rockford😁

yes!! that's how every Friday night started when I was a kid. Rockford Files, then I believe the Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Jim Rockford was my favorite.

Love that show. Great fun to see the scenery of Malibu and Pacific Coast Highway back in the seventies. 🙂

Still watch him today love that show

Huge Oakland Raiders fan. I was blessed to have spend time with him doing comercial voice overs. He use to come early and we would drink coffee and talk Raider Football. I also talked to him on the sidelines of Raider games. A talented man.

His autobiography, which he wrote while he was dying, is great. He spills the tea on everyone. Very honest and fun book to read.

We got to leave work early one day while this show was filmed in our Universal offices. Wish I'd watched it!

the show that made the universal telephone ring sound famous!

Loved the Rockford Files and James Garner!!❤️

I had a crush on him from when I first watched Maverick

Loved James Garner in everything he did.

I love that they felt compelled to always have Rockford's Firebird squeal, burning rubber -- on the sand. Yes, THE SAND. Wonderful show all the way around...

And he did his own stunt driving. Love The Rockford Files!

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14 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Woodstock took place 49 years ago today. This is the original news coverage that aired on CBS 3 days after the festival.CBS News coverage of WoodStock from August 18, 1969. With commercials and a commentary from a really hip guy. ...

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Wow...didn’t expect a professional report. I’m used to news these days

The same month as the Manson murders.

🎶 By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong and everywhere was a song, and a celebration. 🎶

49 years? that means there are probably still 100 hippies wandering around the woods looking for their car.

I was there for the whole thing. Hendrix and Santana ruled.

Although the pictorial that accompanies this upload would have one believe otherwise, this record was actually released a year earlier. I suspect it is about the Woodstock that is in Oxfordshire England: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEmpI7JgpWE

Linda Cher Momma Kathy O’Neill was there!!!

I almost went to Woodstock!! I was a naive country boy and so were my friends. We planned on going and one by one my friends backed out. I was still going, but my parents said I would probably never come home alive. That did it! Once again my parents were right. Thanks Mom and Dad!: I love and miss you both so much.

Wish I could have gone - I used to watch as much footage as I could - although The Doors didn’t play but Jimi...*sigh*...

8-18 was the final day of Woodstock - on Sunday - that night (after midnight), CSN&Y played and Jimi closed the festival that AM.

I was 16 and moving to PA with my family, but I knew it was happening. Joni’s recording of Woodstock is the version I remember.

Ha.. we got "stoned on our drugs" and "grooved on our music".. I just remember being very happy and pretty muddy 🙂

I went to Woodstock 94!!! The band Bread played first act, supposedly at the original too. All the kids were like who??? Then Cypress Hill played, then that guy from Jackyl w the chainsaw, I was like WTF!!! Then everyone who got there early had their tents trampled by the crowd. We were fortunate that we were back against the road where the vending was about 300’ from the stage. I passed out in someone else’s tent by accident. They were really nice about it....

A rare glimpse of the almost extinct news reporter.

...actually remembered the commercials, LOL...

I've got a sudden craving for Carnation® Slender.

I wanted to go to this so badly. Naturally, my parents forbade me.

And that's the way it is ....

Zactly why I don't watch tv

✌🏽❤️✌🏽

Every night

CLASSIC!

😎

"No rain, no rain..."

Juicy

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20 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

Beverly Hills High School, 1969 ✌️This is the original Norman News. 1st semester 1968/1969 Beverly Hills High School Norman Newsreel. High School life in Beverly hills during the most turbule... ...

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I can assure you, the school dance /live band, at around the 10:30 mark, is wayyyyyyy different than my class of 87 school dance experiences. That’s an amazing watch!!

Why does it seem every documentary started with the 2001 Space Odessey theme then?😂😂

Now you'd just see a bunch of kids staring at their phones heh

They all look and act so mature. Looks like a great time and place to go to high school.

For some reason, all I could think of in the first part is "Wow, I remember it DID actually get cold enough to wear coats!" I haven't had to wear a real coat in a few years in LA!!

Oh the music! This was amazing to listen to and watch (as a 69 HS grad from LA)

The lyrics to the song are a bit disturbing 😦

Nice opening song.

My first semester...great find

Groovy!!

Adeina Cookenour I remember we cheered here the beginning of our senior year. I think it was the 1st game of the season. 🎉

Neil Terry check out the first song dude! Freakin awesome!!!😂😂😂

Esperanza O. Ramirez

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23 hours ago

Vintage Los Angeles

On this day in 1965, “I Got You Babe” hit #1 on the BILLBOARD chartsA great old classic... I Got You Babe Sonny and Cher Top of the Pops 1965 ...

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I saw Sonny and Cher at Magic Mountain in 1971 with my mom and my Sister, Dot Gray. I was only 12 years old.

Wow what a blast from the past. And to think that shy awkward girl eventually became a Las Vegas show stopper.

Stood in the front row at the Teenage Fair at the Palladium as they belted out "You Babe" in their bellbottoms. Dick Dale was outside performing also. Cool night !

Most insufferable karaoke tune in all of recorded history

Formerly known as Caesar and Cleo.

I saw them at the Honolulu International Center probably in 65 - when they were still in their fur vests period.

I took the bus down to the Memorial Coliseum PDX in about 1971 to see a free Johnny Horizon concert featuring Sonny and Cher. had to wait in a seat for awhile before they came on stage but it was cool.

My teen heroes! Here is a photo of Cher taken at the Top Of The Pops studio (in Manchester UK) back in 1965 when they filmed this clip. Signed by the BBC photographer Harry Goodwin.

I used to like Cher, but now after her recent anti Trump comments I simply can't stand her!

Fabulous.....SUCH A GREAT SONG...Both THEN SO INTO EACH OTHER...Love it👍👌😍🙃

Sonny was very lucky to have Cher !

One of my favorites back then and now!

Seen Sonny in Palm Springs

Great times and memories 😎👍

One of my all time favorites

Alexander-Tanner Eli

Kim Johnston

Renee Diane did you do any karaoke on the trip?

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