The Daisy in Beverly Hills

Alison Martino Hollywood

“The Daisy”, which bloomed in 1962, was Beverly Hills’ first members only – private discotheque. It was a place were actresses in skin tight pants would dance the Watusi jerking elbows and hips with Steve McQueen or Robert Redford. Jack Hanson, bought the property on Rodeo Drive where the original Romanoff’s had stood. Night spots like The Mocambo, Ciro’s and …

The Viper Room Turns 21

Alison Martino Hollywood

The legendary club is legal at last! Alison Martino looks back at its past incarnations. It’s been 21 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, the 250-person-capacity venue has scheduled special guests this month. Meanwhile, we’re …

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 …