Alec Baldwin said in a New Yorker piece this week that he’ll donate a windfall from a recent legal settlement to the Sag Harbor Cinema’s restoration project — then seemed to change his mind by Tuesday.
But sources tell Page Six the “30 Rock” star never actually told the cinema about the donation in the first place.
The New Yorker reported that Baldwin settled a heated lawsuit with art dealer Mary Boone over a Ross Bleckner painting that Baldwin claimed he was duped into buying for $190,000.
The magazine also revealed that the “30 Rock” star would donate half the check from Boone to the Sag Harbor Cinema.
The beloved Hamptons movie house burned down in 2016 and is being restored by a nonprofit called the Sag Harbor Partnership, headed by artist April Gornik, and the project’s gained support from film-loving stars including Billy Joel and Martin Scorsese.
But Baldwin tweeted on Tuesday: “Our foundation is no longer donating to the Sag Harbor Cinema but will instead donate to another East End arts-BOOKr.VIP charity.” No reason was given, and Baldwin’s rep did not comment to Page Six.
A source close to the Sag Harbor Cinema told us, “We were never informed it was us.”
With or without Baldwin, the cinema’s closing in on $7 million raised, with $6.45 million to date, and is on target to meet its goal to redo the movie house.