“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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Last night I ran into Ben Vereen at the Getty Museum! Ben is as classy as they come. It was a night honoring Lorna Simpson, Ed Ruscha, and Mary Beard. Had to share! ... See MoreSee Less

Last night I ran into Ben Vereen at the Getty Museum! Ben is as classy as they come. It was a night honoring Lorna Simpson, Ed Ruscha, and Mary Beard. Had to share!

 

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Wow! He doesn’t appear to have aged at all.

He looks so debonair. Lovely pic together.

Two people who refuse to age. Great photo!

Oh ! look at you . What a great Picture.

One of my favorites!!!

Thank you Alison. On hand for 2nd performance of "Hair" in LA. (Aquarius).

He was standing in front of me at Sam Goody record store one time when it use to be in the SFV

Great photo, Alison. I was lucky to have seen Ben Vereen in Hair at the Aquarius.

One of my favorite performers! What a pleasure!

You both look beautiful! Love this photo! ✌🏽❤️

I met him last month. He is such a nice man. His cabaret show was absolutely amazing too! ⭐️

Saw him perform at Westbury Music Fair in 1975-76, as a teenager I wasn’t too thrilled until he came up into the audience by dancing up the backs of the seats and stopped right in front of us, he was the then most amazing performer I could ever imagine!

Love the new(?) glasses! Much more flattering. 🤓

Pippin on Broadway! Been a favorite ever since!!

Once again, The Beautiful People of California!

And all that Jazz! Looking great,Ben Vereen. 👏 quadruple threat ,singing dancing, acting, and style.💜😎

A great American… A true humanitarian…

He looks great. Saw him in the original Pippin

Ben was working out at a fitness club I worked at back East one day in the dance room... I watched him and learned how to moon dance that day 😎

Those specs look great on you!

I saw Ben in the LA production of Hair at the Aquarius in '69.

Oh how he could light up a stage🎖

No mistaking his smile!

He looks great. He hasn’t aged at all.

Ben is the best

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This original Art Deco building on Melrose, (attached to Paramount Pictures) used to be NBC before they outgrew it and moved to Sunset & Vine (next to Wallich’s Music City), eventually moving to the Capitol Tower in 1956.

The first recoding session held here was for Scatman Crothers (on vocals, with Gerald Wiggins on piano, Danny Barker on guitar, John Simmons on bass, and Jesse Price on drums), who recorded the titles "Pretty Little Blue-Eyed Sally", "I'm The Only Man", "Do Something", and "I'd Rather Be A Humming Bird".

The building also housed RKO Radio (KHJ) and TV (Channel 9) twice. KHJ had moved to 1313 N Vine Street when it was the LA flagship of the Mutual Radio Network and were producing many big radio shows, many with live audiences.

In 1965, KHJ-AM/FM/TV was located here when the face of LA radio was completely changed by a groundbreaking new station, Boss Radio, 93/KHJ. This was the home of The Real Don Steele (who you could hear every afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 PM,) along with Robert W. Morgan, Sam Riddle & Charlie Tuna!

The building now is the office for the Paramount Studios Tour. It can also be seen in “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” as Columbia Pictures.
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They briefly show the building in the new Linda Ronstadt documentary as well. ❤️

I'm no expert but, darnit, I love me some streamline architecture. Thanks for the fix, Alison!

I recognized it from Once Upon a Time ... 👍🏻📸

Yes also where Sinatra did some of his first LA recordings when it was RKO/Capitol

It was also KHJ radio

My favorite of all the studios to tour. Great history on that property!

What a beautiful building. And such good info. I’m going to look for these songs right now!

I worked in this building in the mid to late 1970s, when it housed 93KHJ Radio (where I worked), along with KHJ-TV Channel 9. So much history! I felt so lucky to be there!

So many wonderful memories. I was there for 14 years at KHJ TV, from 1972-86. I was in the art department housed up on the third floor where the old sound tiles were still there from the earliest radio days. A lot of history went down in that building.

many great memories from that building!

These buildings are just so awesome....they should have all been saved...and the ones they are saving kudos to the people fighting to do it !

What memories Alison! I forget most till you bring them back! I used to work at Paramount Studios! First for Howard W.Koch, then Irwin Yablans and then Joyce Selznick! Great lot it was...back in the 70's...and I do remember the architecture of this iconic building!

A little bit farther east of that on a block corner that went to the back entrance of Paramount was Gene laBelle’s judo academy.

Alison, thank you for the history, as a teen remember going past that iconic building many times..back in the 60's.

I used to work in there. Love that building.

Thanks Jim for the 411

I worked there from 1965 to 1972 KHJ/93 BOSS RADIO. Great memories.

I thought Capitol was above Music City (followed by Dot). Could this be the old C.P. MacGregor recording studio, where Capitol cut a lot before moving into the Tower? I know it was on Melrose somewhere.

At the expense of embarrassing my 15 year old daughter earlier this year when embarking on the Paramount Tour, told them inside that building I'd rather do a tour of it rather than Paramount (which I had done before).....sadly the staff gave blank looks when I told them that KHJ, then Capitol had famously ocupied the building in their glory days....they had no idea of the history of that building they were working in.....sigh....

I was there 10 days ago for the Paramount tour.

Why do I remember eating in that place in the mid 80's? Was it ever a restaurant? I saw pics of the Nickodell the other day and knew that wasn't it. I have a vague memory of entering in the right door.

Yes Capitol records was there. But I think they moved to west side of Vine St, by Wallichs music city. Then the current tower was built on east side of Vine st. 1956?

Oh wow! I recognize it from once upon a time in hollywood and also La La and and many more I think.

I became an editor in that building. Engineers had bought a 3/4 inch Sony editing console and had it sitting on boxes up in the attic. I stumbled upon it and on my lunch hours I taught myself how to operate it. We used to get national news and sports highlights via satellite and record on 2 inch tape. I convinced sports anchor Lynn Shackleford that if we taped on 3/4 we could edit sports earlier and not have to wait for news guys to edit on 2 inch machines. We had it down... and a few months later they switched from film to ENG tape and I was the only one who knew how to work the edit console. They moved me to news and I trained all the film guys who crossed over from IA to IBEW. I also played back from the edit consoles live during broadcasts. All that was 1980 to 1981 at KHJ. Great memories there.

If I’m not mistaken (and it hasn’t been torn down), there is/was an awesome echo chamber on the roof.

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