“VLA TV” Web Series

“Vintage Los Angeles” has launched an exciting new channel with all original content! VLA has been busy partnering up with The Ebersole Hughes Company on a new web series featuring beloved Los Angeles landmarks, forgotten places, and residents of the city whose stories have been generated through the community of Vintage Los Angeles.  We plan on documenting and preserving every bit of it!  Our Delorean is all fueled up and ready to go, so jump in!


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Episode 3: La Dolce Vita


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Episode 2: A Cast of Caricatures


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Premier Episode: Tail O’ The Pup


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VLA Web Series

“Vintage Los Angeles” has launched an exciting new channel with all original content! VLA has been busy partnering up with The Ebersole Hughes Company on a new web series featuring beloved Los Angeles landmarks, forgotten places, and residents of the city whose stories have been generated through the community of Vintage Los Angeles.  We plan on documenting and preserving every bit of it!  Our Delorean is all fueled up and ready to go, so jump in!

Episode 3: La Dolce Vita

Vintage Los Angeles sent Aj Benza out on a special assignment to visit one of the greatest vintage Rat Pack style restaurants in the city called La Dolce Vita!! I can’t imagine anyone better than our former host from “Mysteries & Scandals” to bring back the latest on one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite spots! It’s been beautifully cared for and restored by owner Allesandro Uzieli.

Episode 2: A Cast of Caricatures

In our latest VLA-TV episode, we take you inside the Palm Restaurant’s West Hollywood location before their move to Beverly Hills. I’m sure many of you have been wondering what happened to all those legendary caricatures on the walls. Well, VLA was there to capture all the excitement with Angie Dickinson, Mamie Van Doren, Shecky Greene and many other dedicated customers!! We also reveal the back story of The Palm with owners, Bruce Bozzi, and Wally Ganzi! This is one of the most unique preservation stories in L.A. history!

Click here for a review of the “Cast of Caricatures” episode on Wehoville.com.

Click here for another review on Curbed LA.

Episode 1: Tail O’ The Pup

VLA’s web series premieres with a feature on the beloved Los Angeles roadside eatery “Tail O’ The Pup” which mysteriously disappeared from the streets of West Hollywood nearly a decade ago. Its whereabouts have been in question ever since. Vintage Los Angeles uncovers the original hotdog facade that was built in the 1940s and interviews its long-time owners The Blake Family in this exclusive mini-documentary, highlighting the colorful history and future of this lost Angeleno treasure.

Click here for a review of the “Tail O’ The Pup” episode on Wehoville.com.

Click here to listen to Alison discuss the Tail O’ The Pup with Alex Cohen on KPCC radio’s “Take Two”.

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Meanwhile back at home, there’s architecture too that I so admire. Tonight on the SO CAL SCENE Spectrum News 1 SoCal, my interview with Brian Worley who worked under California artist & architect Millard Sheets. I’m sure many of you recognize Millard’s mid century murals, mosaic tiles, and stained glass artworks on all the old Home Savings & Loan banks around Southern California and beyond. They were designed from the mid-1950s until the late 1980s. For example the old Home Savings at Sunset and Vine is now a Chase Bank. The original structure showcases old Hollywood Stars of the time such as Bette Davis, Julie Andrews, Rudolf Valentino, and Gary Cooper to name a few. And the gorgeous stained glass entrance almost feels like a spiritual temple. We also explore the process of restoration, the remarkable procedure of restoration and removal of the tiles. One of Millard’s most famous mural’s called “Pleasures Along the Beach" in Santa Monica was just removed carefully & meticulously and will be relocated to a museum in Orange County. Brian was one of the original tile installers in 1970, and now he’s involved with the removal. FULL CIRCLE! Nothing but respect for those involved with this preservation crusade! I am extremely excited for this episode! Hope you can catch it tonight if you live in the So Cal area! ... See MoreSee Less

Meanwhile back at home, there’s architecture too that I so admire. Tonight on the SO CAL SCENE Spectrum News 1 SoCal, my interview with Brian Worley who worked under California artist & architect Millard Sheets. I’m sure many of you recognize Millard’s mid century murals, mosaic tiles, and stained glass artworks on all the old Home Savings & Loan banks around Southern California and beyond. They were designed from the mid-1950s until the late 1980s. For example the old Home Savings at Sunset and Vine is now a Chase Bank. The original structure showcases old Hollywood Stars of the time such as Bette Davis, Julie Andrews, Rudolf Valentino, and Gary Cooper to name a few. And the gorgeous stained glass entrance almost feels like a spiritual temple. We also explore the process of restoration, the remarkable procedure of restoration and removal of the tiles. One of Millard’s most famous mural’s called “Pleasures Along the Beach in Santa Monica was just removed carefully & meticulously and will be relocated to a museum in Orange County. Brian was one of the original tile installers in 1970, and now he’s involved with the removal. FULL CIRCLE! Nothing but respect for those involved with this preservation crusade! I am extremely excited for this episode! Hope you can catch it tonight if you live in the So Cal area!

 

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As a kid growing up in LA, it was very cool to see this kind of art right out there in public. I still like looking at the murals and statues that are left.

A rendering of the Pasadena Home Savings at the corner of Colorado and Lake Avenue. The lovely structure was demolished to make way for a larger Home Savings structure. The beautiful sculptures in front were incorporated with the new building.

As a former long time employee of Home Savings and the Hollywood office- so happy to see this feature!

We used to live near the one at Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon in Studio City. Growing up in the SFV meant that I was privileged to see many of these beautiful mosaics. I am so happy that they are being preserved. ❤

I always wanted to tour all the Millard Sheets murals in So Cal, they are all beautiful and unique !

My first job as a kid was working for John A (Tony) Sheets - Millard Sheets’ son - and I put up or modified quite a few of those old Home Savings signs. While Millard Sheets was prolific in architectural mosaics, he (and his son) were/are incredible painters. Parkway Grill restaurant in Pasadena has an extensive collection of Millard Sheets original paintings on display.

Love those old home savings buildings. What an interesting subject. I can not wait to see it!

The museum that the Santa Monica mural is being relocated to is affiliated with Chapman University and is right in Old Town. Once it’s in I hope you make down again to explore.

I live in New York, but I love your pictures and histories. Thank you!

I have always loved the art on the Home Saving Bank buildings. Hate seeing it go away.

Love these murals!

Great subject for the show. Looking forward to seeing it.

So weird how so many of these beautiful buildings were banks.

I love Millard Sheets work.

We also have the Millard Sheets Art Center at the Pomona Fairgrounds. Its always awesome to go see each fair season. (He was born in Pomona and very well known around our home town)

I just drove past the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa monica and the mural is gone 😕

I’m so sad it was removed but glad it’s at least going into a museum for others to enjoy!

So great! Yay! 🙂

Love Millard Sheets

The building at Sunset and Vine was NBC Radio and TV until the late 50s

Each mural was a labor of love.I didn't mind being stuck in traffic.It gave me more gazing time.I lived in the san fernando valley.

Wish I could watch these on Philo

5300 Jackson Drive. La Mesa. Now JCS Innovation Center (Charter School)

Former Home Savings, now Chase, in Pacific Beach area of San Diego (Mission Bay Dr.)

The former Home Savings/Washington Mutual/Chase in Redlands CA is now mostly empty. The offices on the second floor are still occupied. www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/2018/12/14/what-will-happen-to-mural-by-famed-pomona-artist-when-redla...

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The Cinerama Dome under construction in 1963. Look at all that empty land!

This photo is looking east to west on Sunset Blvd. You can see the old NBC building on the far right - it’s in front of the Sunset & Vine Tower. Wallich’s Music City can also be seen.
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The Cinerama Dome under construction in 1963. Look at all that empty land!

This photo is looking east to west on Sunset Blvd. You can see the old NBC building on the far right - it’s in front of the Sunset & Vine Tower. Wallich’s Music City can also be seen.

 

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There are only three theaters left in the world capable of showing Cinerama, in Los Angeles, England and Seattle. The one in Seattle was refurbished several years ago by Paul Allen and they still show some of the original Cinerama films. Saw 2001 there a few years ago. Nice that it's still here.

Amazing look back at the beginnings of the Cinerama Dome!!

I was there last Saturday, good theater, but the worst parking structure ever!

.....and surface parking lots. Weren't they wonderful!?

I remember seeing movies here as a kid and parking in the wide open lot where the Arclight and parking structure is now.

I worked there as a fill in owend by Pacific theatre at the time max factor was cross the street

I've seen THE FIFTH ELEMENT, JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES, BOXING HELENA, SHOWGIRLS, THE WILD BUNCH, THE ABYSS, and TERMINATOR 2 all here and the last film I saw here was AVATAR.

I think "The 5th Element" was the last movie I saw at the Dome before they started building the ArcLight complex. That big parking lot always smelled like weed before movies like that.

Now you can't see anything, including the dome. All bound in by big, tall, ugly square buildings.

The RCA "Transistor" building under construction across the street.

Look at those empty streets free of traffic. That would be a dream.

I think the movie “Mondo Hollywood” has an overhead shot of this. It shows a huge parking lot next to it. On a side note: I was born twenty years too late.

This is south looking north. You can see the Capitol Records building to the top right.

I was there just yesterday. The land aroung the Dome is now over-developed to the point of pain.

Amoeba at left, across that construction. But it was VARIETY offices in 63.

The building being built isn’t Sunset/Vine, it’s what’s now the LA Film School building

Isn’t this looking north? Sunset is running east-west, left to right, in front of the Dome.

Photo is actually looking south to north 👍

Spotted Brad there a few weeks ago.

The Cinerama dome had a huge flat parking lot next door

This is looking south to north 🙂

At some point it was decided we no longer need convenient parking lots in Hollywood.

Isn’t that the RCA building being built, across from the Cinerama Dome?

That's Looking North, Not West.

Look at all that parking

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