Eye on LA takes a look back in time at vintage Los Angeles


Vintage Los Angeles
As an historian, collector and L.A. native, Vintage Los Angeles founder, Alison Martino saw firsthand the loss and demolition of many of L.A.'s iconic venues and buildings. So she started a Facebook page with some friends to post old pictures of Los Angeles for the sake of nostalgia and to preserve L.A.'s history. Little did she know it would climb to over 85,000 members, most willing to contribute images, video and little known historical information, making it one of L.A.'s premiere vintage resources!


Sy Devore
Sy Devore was known for dressing the who's who of Hollywood, from Jerry Lewis and Clark Gable to Nat King Cole and Elvis. He even created the still-famous "Rat Pack" suits and styles made famous by Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford in the original classic film "Ocean's 11." Today you can still get the ultra stylish Sy Devore look and old school service at their current location in Studio City.

12930 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 783-2700

Ladies' Night Out - "Vintage Alley"
"Ladies Night Out" happens the last Friday of every month in Magnolia Park in Burbank, now nicknamed "Vintage Alley." On this night all the shops hold their best sales, plus many boutiques take the party up a notch by offering drinks and appetizers and playing games for even lower prices.

Magnolia Boulevard - from Florence Street to Hollywood Way
Burbank, 91505

Mack Sennett Studios
Built nearly 100 years ago by Hollywood pioneer Mack Sennett for his fiancé, starlet Mabel Normand, the legendary studio in Silverlake once again bears the name of the man who built it. Today, the state of the art studios are in high demand for commercials and music videos, like Robin Thicke and Pharrell's chart topping "Blurred Lines" video.

1215 Bates Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 660-8466

Silent Theatre - Cinefamily
The Cinefamily's Silent Theatre in the Fairfax district shows silent movies the first Wednesday of every month. The Art Deco theatre first opened in 1942, and today, the Cinefamily maintains its vintage vibe and honors the theatre's history by hosting special screenings and silent films accompanied by live music monthly as well as classic films and new releases throughout the year.

611 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, 90036

Dr. Demento
From 1970-2009, the top rated Dr. Demento radio broadcast introduced listeners young and old to some of the quirkiest songs and artists of all time including "Fish Heads" and "They're Coming to Take Me Away." He was also one of the few DJs to regularly play Frank Zappa. Dr. Demento even discovered a young, accordion-playing song writer who would become known as "Weird Al" Yankovic. Dr. Demento still broadcasts live radio shows over the internet, and he's also about to have a documentary made about his life called "Under the Smogberry Trees!"


"Under the Smogberry Trees" - Meep Morp Studios

Barnes & Barnes - "Fish Heads"

Maxwell Demille's Cicada Club
Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club is like a scene plucked from Hollywood's Golden Age. It's a spectacular vintage supper club hosted weekly by impresario Maxwell DeMille at the Art Deco Oviatt Building in Downtown L.A.

617 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, 90014

Supper Club
There are supper clubs and then there's Supper Club the restaurant, housed inside the vintage Vogue Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Guests enjoy four decadent courses of gourmet dishes while entertainers, including burlesque dancers and Cirque du Soleil style performers, put on a show.

6675 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
(323) 466-1900

Dan Tana's
Opening its doors in 1964 right next to the famous Troubadour instantly made the iconic Italian restaurant Dan Tana's a hit with the A-list crowd! And in case you're wondering, yes, Robert Urich's character in the TV show "Vegas" was named after this L.A. hotspot!

9071 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444

Whimsical Road Side Cafes: Tail O' The Pup
Back in the 1930s and '40s, L.A. was filled with whimsical, roadside eateries in the shape of a teepee, a bulldog and a brown derby! Now with the help of Vintage Los Angeles, Eye on L.A. discovered that one of those beloved places is hidden away in a storage unit just waiting to come back to its old glory! Dennis Blake bought the iconic Tail O' the Pup hotdog stand and hopes a viewer out there might want to partner up and help him get the dog back in business again!


Canter's Deli & The Kibitz Room
The Canter family first brought their deli to Los Angeles in 1931, and today the L.A. staple is still open 24 hours a day and it's still loved by locals and tourists alike. In the '60s it became a hip rock scene with folks like The Doors, the Mamas and Papas, and Frank Zappa who would keep a revolving table of famous friends going throughout the day and night. Today that rock spirit lives on in the Kibitz Room where you can see live music every day of the week. But for a really fun time, check it out on a Tuesday when the F.O.C.K.R.s (Friends of Canter's Kibitz Room) take over!

419 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 651-2030

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