William Wadsworth

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Wadsworth was born in Pueblo, Colorado back in 1881. As a young man, he worked as a messenger, callboy, telegrapher and signal operator. Later you could find him working as a trick bicycle rider and a salesman.

In 1907, he opened one of the first movie theaters in Ogden, Utah. He charged five-cents a show and two-years later the price had doubled to ten-cents per show, changing the movies twice a week. With all his new-found wealth, he soon expanded to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

While doodling one day he came up with a logo when he founded his new company, that logo is still in use today. You may not remember William Wadsworth Hodkinson but you sure will remember his company. That is Paramount Pictures Corporation in 1914. He died in 1971 at 89. On a side note Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving studio in the world. Until tomorrow I wish you happy sales and a smile on your face.

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Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Wow!  Hopefully he got more than a few nickles by the time it was all said and done.  What a great history lesson, and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see who he was.  You always have the most interesting articles, thanks for keeping us entertained!

Sep 26, 2017 04:20 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray who knew???? nice piece of history for today....

Sep 26, 2017 04:32 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And another one about which I had no idea. Keep them coming. Enjoy your day!

Sep 26, 2017 04:53 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

You struck gold with this bit of History! Everyone recognizes Paramount Pictures!  Great logo that served William Wadsworth well!

Sep 26, 2017 04:55 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Without looking I probably have seen a few of their movies.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 26, 2017 05:09 AM #5
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you for sharing James Dray . Our nation was built on the backs of our hard working ancestors. A good American story. Thank you Henry Wadsworth Hodkinson.

Who can forget these great Parmount Movies films: including  Forrest Gump, see: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/studio/chart/?studio=paramount.htm

Here are the top 10 Box Office from Paramount:

1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 3,265 $28,638,131 2,674 12/19/97
2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen P/DW $402,111,870 4,293 $108,966,307 4,234 6/24/09
3 Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $352,390,543 4,088 $97,852,865 4,088 6/29/11
4 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 2,365 $24,450,602 1,595 7/6/94
5 Shrek the Third P/DW $322,719,944 4,172 $121,629,270 4,122 5/18/07
6 Transformers P/DW $319,246,193 4,050 $70,502,384 4,011 7/3/07
7 Iron Man Par. $318,412,101 4,154 $98,618,668 4,105 5/2/08
8 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Par. $317,101,119 4,264 $100,137,835 4,260 5/22/08
9 Iron Man 2 Par. $312,433,331 4,390 $128,122,480 4,380 5/7/10
10 Star Trek Par. $257,730,019 4,053 $75,204,289 3,849 5/8/09

Sep 26, 2017 05:25 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

Movie goers have that logo locked into their brain!

Sep 26, 2017 06:44 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I really enjoyed this and learned a great deal.

Sep 26, 2017 06:52 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James,  another great history lesson to learn in the rain today from you, thanks.

Sep 26, 2017 07:00 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I knew that this wouldn't be about the poet but that person was a true pioneer.

Sep 26, 2017 08:13 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Look what the doodle AKA brand accomplished.  And the studio still stands to this day.  A

Sep 26, 2017 10:17 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I find your blog posts all to be intriguing and interesting James Dray 

Sep 26, 2017 01:43 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- another "who knew?"  And this one, I certainly had no idea.

Sep 26, 2017 04:35 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for telling us about William Wadsworth Hodkinson.

Sep 27, 2017 04:01 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's an impressive story, given movieland here in the entertainment capital of the world! I have no idea!


Sep 27, 2017 08:25 PM #15
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