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 …

VLA TV Official Launch!

Alison Martino Hollywood

Vintage Los Angeles has teamed up with the The Ebersole-Hughes Company who have produced fascinating documentaries such “Room 237” examining Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror-thriller “The Shining”, “Dear Mom, Love Cher” revealing the extraordinary life of the star’s mother, Georgia Holt staring Cher, Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman and “Hit So Hard” featuring Patty Schemel from Courtney Love’s band HOLE. …

How Go-Go Dancing Took Off at The Whisky

Alison Martino Hollywood

The world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 16th, 2014! And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr. for an exclusive interview for my latest Los Angeles Magazine feature. His father Philip Tanzini Sr. was one of the original owners. He shares some inside stories …

It’s Christmastime at The Capitol Records Building

Alison Martino Hollywood

If there’s one holiday tradition that I enjoy every year, it’s spotting the historic Christmas tree that tops the iconic Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood. Designed by Ollsen Lighting and featuring 4,373 bulbs (at 25 watts each), the tree was the first of its kind, and it has been a part of the Hollywood skyline each December …