Remembering Tower Records

Remembering Tower Records

Alison Martino Hollywood

The Legendary Past and Celluloid Future of Tower Records on the Sunset Strip. Photo: Robert Landau It’s impossible not to think of Tower Records when referring to the Sunset Strip. It’s even more impossible to accept that the beloved store once located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Horn Avenue is no longer in business. Tom Petty & The …

Hollywood Ranch Market

The Hollywood Ranch Market

Alison Martino Hollywood

The intersection of Fountain Ave. and Vine Street in Hollywood once had a corner of madness. Its southeast quadrant was occupied by an institution called The Hollywood Ranch Market. A grimy sign atop the sprawling complex claimed: WE NEVER CLOSE. The clock hands always ran backwards at high speed. For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Ranch …

Los Angeles 1970s Alison Martino

Los Angeles in the 1970s

Alison Martino Hollywood

When this photo of me standing in our driveway in BH was taken during the 1970s, we still had JJ Newberry, Food King and a local Home Silk Shop. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly would say hello to you waiting in line at the post office. You’d pass by Edward G Robinson walking his dogs, and Doris Day riding her …

Wild Times at the Safari Inn

Alison Martino Hollywood

Burbank’s landmark hotel is a piece of the past and the pop-culture present. The Safari Inn is one of Burbank’s most famous historical landmarks, and still open to the public. This Googie-style oasis has maintained its original retro décor, the recently restored neon sign has been shining its kitschy lights on Olive Avenue since 1955, and the shield-and-spears motif repeats …

The Viper Room Turns 24

Alison Martino Hollywood

It’s been 24 years since the Viper Room—a place famous for great drinks, legendary music performances, and being where actor River Phoenix tragically overdosed—opened its doors on August 14, 1993. To celebrate the anniversary, let’s look further back in time. The square-shaped marquee that graces the Viper Room today once listed the names of three previous establishments, all equally as …