Corpus Christi theater “Popcorn Guy” goes viral on TikTok

A viral TikTok shows Jason, better known as the “Popcorn Guy,” making popcorn for customers in an unusual and fun way.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — More than 2 million people watched as an employee at Corpus Christi Century 16 Theater showed off some gentle moves while preparing popcorn for customers.

Jason Grosboll, better known as the “Popcorn Guy” (it’s even on his name tag), provides entertainment before the main event and so many on social media have been impressed by his skills.

“Forget Salt Bae, we have Butter King,” said one TikTok commenter. Another said: “Whoa…it’s Jason Courne!”

We met Grosboll during his Wednesday shift at Century 16.

“Whenever someone asks for butter, I always make sure to layer it,” Grosboll said.

Grosboll has enjoyed working for Century Theaters for 10 years. He said he enjoys meeting new people.

“I love interacting with new customers, seeing the smiles on their faces and their joy,” Grosboll said.

Grosboll takes his job to a whole new level by hosting a show before “the show”.

“At first nobody really understood it, but over time people loved it.”

oscar leal, who posted the video on his TikTok pageHe said it was his first time back in theaters since the pandemic and he didn’t expect to be so well entertained.

“He already had a tub of popcorn ready for us,” Leal said. “And I decided to just pull out my phone when he launched the second one and it was just magical.”

The video quickly rose to two million views. Cinemark Theaters even reposted this Video on her Instagram page.

“It went from about 100 to 200 and yesterday it just went up thousands, it was very surprising,” Leal said.

Grosboll said he was happy to read through the more than 12,000 comments on the post.

“Last night I read comments for about 3 or 4 hours,” Grosboll said. “It gladdened my heart to read such comments.”

Grosboll didn’t know the video had gone viral until one of his friends told him about it.

“A lot of his fans, you know, wanted him to know that we love him, that he’s our hero,” Leal said.

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