The Mystique of Melrose Avenue

Alison Martino Hollywood

How one mid-city street became the gritty pinnacle of West-Coast cool. Robin Young and friend taken by Suzan Colon, former writer at “Star Hits Magazine” By 1984 it was the pinnacle of the trendy punk rock influence and new wave scene in Los Angeles stretching from Fairfax to La Brea. Dozens of off beat independent businesses and forward thinking boutiques …

VLA back at the Million Dollar Theatre!

Alison Martino Hollywood

The “Million Dollar Theatre” is starting to feel like home for VLA! On July 19th, VLA concluded its film Noir summer series at the “Million Dollar Theatre” in DTLA with “Double Indemnity”! But we’ll be back! We are announcing our second film series very soon. Vintage Los Angeles is currently in partnership with the Grand Central Market in DTLA. On …

What I’ll Remember About Casey Kasem

Alison Martino Hollywood

Alison Martino on meeting her favorite DJ – and five unforgettable things about him. For those who grew up listening to Casey Kasem on American Top 40, learning about his death (on Father’s Day no less) left a huge hole. Kasem’s career lasted more than four decades and he had millions of fans, but for me the loss was also …

Fish Shanty and the Kooky Wonderland that was Restaurant Row

Alison Martino Hollywood

La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard used to be a playful pocket of themed eateries, amusement parks, and nightclubs Established in 1950 by the Smith Bros., the Fish Shanty was classic West Coast kitsch. Located at the intersection of La Cienega Boulevard and Burton Way, it was known to Angelenos as “the restaurant that swallowed you whole,” and nothing thrilled me …

VLA presents Sunset Boulevard at the Million Dollar Theatre!

Alison Martino Hollywood

What a night for Vintage Los Angeles! Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of Billy Wilder’s, “Sunset Boulevard” at the Million Dollar Theatre on May 31st. Seeing VLA on the Marquee was so spectacular and surreal and over 1000 seats sold! This was purely a magical and serendipitous achievement. I happened to announce the screening two hours before …