'Eye on L.A.': Vintage Los Angeles

ByTina Malave KABC logo
Monday, November 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- This week, Eye on L.A. is coming to you from the gorgeous Cicada restaurant in the historic Oviatt Building in Downtown Los Angeles. It's the perfect setting as we team up with the popular Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles, to take you for a little trip back in time right here in L.A.!


We're uncovering great vintage duds from tailor to the stars Sy Devore, and how to score even greater deals on vintage finds at Burbank's Vintage Alley.

Vintage Los Angeles

As an historian, collector and Los Angeles 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, and now it's 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 "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 Eleven." Today you can still get the ultra stylish Sy Devore look and old school service at their location in Studio City.

12930 Ventura Blvd.

Studio City, CA 91604

(818) 783-2700


Ladies' Night Out - "Vintage Alley"

On the last Friday of every month in Burbank's Magnolia Park, a.k.a. "Vintage Alley," all the shops hold their best sales, and many boutiques offer games that could score you even lower prices.

Magnolia Boulevard (between Florence Street and Hollywood Way)

Burbank, CA 91505



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Some of L.A.'s most exciting vintage treasures have to do with our Hollywood history! See what we found in the basement of the historic Mack Sennett Studios, and where you can see early Hollywood films at the Cinefamily Theatre's Silent Movies. Do not miss our Tina Malave's visit with the one and only Dr. Demento!

Mack Sennett Studios

Built nearly 100 years ago by Hollywood pioneer Mack Sennett for his fianc, starlet Mabel Normand, the legendary studio in Silver Lake 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 Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

(323) 660-8466


Silent Theatre - Cinefamily

The Cinefamily's Silent Theatre in the Fairfax district shows silent movies on the first Wednesday of every month. The art deco theater first opened in 1942, and the Cinefamily still maintains its vintage vibe 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 Ave.

Los Angeles, 90036


Dr. Demento

From 1970-2009, the top rated Dr. Demento radio broadcast introduced listeners to some of the quirkiest songs of all time including "Fish Heads" and "They're Coming to Take Me Away." Demento was also one of the few DJs to regularly play Frank Zappa. He even discovered a young, accordion-playing songwriter who would become known as "Weird Al" Yankovic. Dr. Demento still broadcasts live radio shows online, 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"


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Step back into L.A.'s fabulous heyday in the '40s at Maxwell Demille's Cicada Club. And check out the celebs being transformed into their favorite movie characters for the Arclight Cinema's new ad campaign.

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 St.

Los Angeles, 90014


Arclight Cinemas

Our Tina Malave is transformed into Edward Scissorhands, and some big stars (Tom Bergeron, Micky Dolenz, Gilles Marini, and Stan Lee) are also being transformed into other movie icons for a very special Arclight Cinemas new ad campaign.


Kandee Johnson Makeover Tutorials

Master of makeup Kandee Johnson makes it look so easy. Need some transformation tips? Click here: www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

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To really experience Vintage L.A., we had to hit up the restaurants that the stars loved way back when, including Dan Tana's and Canter's Deli. Fortunately, you can still wine and dine at these vintage L.A. eateries!

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 Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 275-9444


Canter's Deli & The Kibitz Room

The Canter family first brought their deli to Los Angeles in 1931, and this L.A. staple is still open 24 hours a day. In the '60s, it became a hip scene with music stars like The Doors, The Mamas and The Papas, and Frank Zappa. 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 Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 651-2030


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