199 Howland Avenue,
199 Howland Avenue,Adams, MA 01220
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The Hossiac Drive-In Only Lasted For At Least 17 Years. In Early September 1967, The Hossiac Drive-In Ended Up Showing Their Last First-Run Film. The Theater Ended Up Closing In October 1967 Because The Hossiac Did Not Had A Huge Success Running Horror Films For An Entire Month. The Theater However Sat Abandoned For Decades.
And the word, meaning “place of stones”, originated from the indigenous people who once inhabited the region.
“Hoosac” is a geographical name in that area of MA. Near Adams is the Hoosac Tunnel, a rail tunnel built in the 19th Century.
Why the name Hoosac?
I used to work there as a projectionist in the 1970s. At that time it was owned by Al Coury, who also owned Coury’s Drive-In in North Adams.
August 27, 1950 was the launch date for the Hoosac Drive-In with “Mexican Hayride” and “South of St. Louis” on the big screen located on the Adams-North Adams town line. Opened with a capacity for 435 cars on ten ramps. A 36x40' screen was constructed by the original operator, the Boylston Drive-In Corporation circuit.
Ken. in my 1956 ALMANAC it said 435 cars and was owned by Boylston.
This one’s long gone, closed and demolished – a packaging company now sits on the site. However, if you look at the aerial on Google maps, it’s fairly obvious what it used to be – the footprint is still there.
Here is a 1986 photo: